Fall 2023

Harmony, Structure, and Expression

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-342


Eric W. Sawyer (Section 01)


How can a piece of instrumental music with no words tell a story? How can a song with words convey a sense of perfect abstract design? Musical form is an interaction of melody, harmony, rhythm, and other musical parameters that can be used to structure a temporal experience into a narrative experience. We will consider several genres across musical eras and traditions, including Baroque counterpoint, classical sonata forms, and American popular song forms, seeing how the shaping of common practice harmony gives voice to many shades of individuality within each tradition. Students will have the opportunity to get inside of each stylistic language by writing guided compositions inspired by the models we study. Fulfills one of the required music theory sequences for majors. Two lectures and one ear-training section per week.

Requisite: Music 341 or consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Sawyer.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, group work, artistic work, visual analysis, aural analysis.

MUSI 342 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM ARMU 102
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM ARMU 102


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023, Spring 2025