MUS THEO 1100 Introduction to Music Theory

The purpose of this course is to teach the basic, fundamental skills and vocabulary of music theory. The course is designed for non-music majors with a limited background in music fundamentals, or as preparation for music major theory courses. Content areas include notation, pitch, rhythm and meter, scales and keys, intervals, triads, and score notation.

Course details

Course syllabus: 
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Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) distribution area: 

Students working toward their Bachelor of Liberal Studies may apply credit earned in this course to their degree. This Guided Independent Study course is applicable to the Communications and Arts distribution area. Learn more about the BLS degree program.


Alfred’s Complete Essentials of Music Theory. Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, Morton Manus. Published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., 1998. ISBN 0-88284-951-4 (Book and 2 CDs). 
Other required course materials, including Panopto videos, worksheets, assignments, score, and recordings are available through links on Blackboard through eLearning and can be found in their corresponding Unit folders. See the course schedule for the order in which materials will be used in the course. 

Supplemental Materials 
Supplementary readings and materials (those recommended but not required) are labeled as ‘supplemental’ and can be found in their corresponding Unit folders. See the course schedule for the order in which supplemental materials will be used in the course. 

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Course delivery

This course is available in an online format, utilizing web pages and eLearning, a learning management system requiring Internet access and a web browser. Students may need access to someone who can assist with computer set-up.


Heather Peyton

Enrollment information

Tuition: $257/unit, plus non-refundable enrollment fee of $10 and technology fee of $38 for online courses

To enroll: Visit the GIS Enrollment page for forms and information. Or visit us at CEEE 010 on the UNI campus. Campus map

Guided Independent Study
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