Spring 2016

Tonal Harmony and Counterpoint

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-241

Formerly listed as: MUSI-31

Moodle site: Course


Eric W. Sawyer (Section 01)


Basic principles of harmonic and contrapuntal technique. Emphasis will be on the acquisition of writing skills. This course is the first of the required music theory sequence for majors. Two class meetings and two ear-training sections per week.

Students who have not previously taken a course in music theory at Amherst College are encouraged to take a self-administered placement exam available on reserve in the Music Library and on the Music Department Website (https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/theoryexam ).  Students are also encouraged to discuss placement in music theory with a member of the Music Department.

Requisite: MUSI 112 or consent of the instructor.  Fall semester: Visiting Professor Wubbels. Spring semester: Professor Sawyer. 


Artistic Practice, Attention to Writing


2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017