MUSC 110 First-Year Theory I • 5 Cr.


First of a six-course sequence in Music Theory for music majors and students who wish to compose. Students learn notation, rhythm, scales, keys, intervals, chords, voicing, chord progression, harmony, and composition. Sight singing and ear training are also included. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of music notation and either vocal or instrumental performance capability.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Express basic musical thoughts using musical notation on staff paper.
  • Write scales on treble and bass clefs.
  • Write key signatures on treble and bass clefs.
  • Read musical notation and translate into singing or rhythmic tapping.
  • Write triads and seventh chords on treble and bass clefs.
  • Write Roman numeral analyses of basic musical excerpts.
  • Compose basic Music Notation using computing software such as Finale/Sibelius