MUSIC THEORY & HISTORY
Music theory and aural skills courses are required for all music degrees at MSU. The required sequence of theory courses consists of Theory I – IV (MUSC 1603, 1613, 2603 and 2603), Sight Singing and Ear Training I and II (1601 and 1611), Analysis of Musical Form (MUSC 3632) and Orchestration (MUSC 3662). Composition (MUSC 3643) is offered as an additional elective for those interested in exploring that aspect of theory. Basic Music (MSUC 1503) is offered as a class in the basic elements of music theory, including reading of musical notation. Basic Music does not count toward the degree, but serves as a preparatory course for Theory I.
Theory I – IV covers the theory of music from the mid seventeenth to the twenty-first century, Analysis of Musical Form is the study of the formal processes of music, including part forms, sonata-allegro, and contrapuntal genres. Orchestration is the study of the techniques for writing for instrumental ensembles with emphasis on scoring for school ensembles.
A music theory diagnostic exam is given during Spirit Days, Mustangs Rally, and at pre-registration. Results of the exam are used to determine placement in Theory I or Basic Music. For all incoming freshmen considering majoring in music a familiarity with the piano keyboard, the ability to read rhythm and pitch accurately, and the ability to read at least one musical clef (treble or Bass) fluently is strongly suggested.
Theory & History Faculty:
Dr. Timothy Justus, Associate Professor of Music & Department of Music Chair. Theory, Composition.
Dr. Ruth Morrow, Dolores P. Bolin and D. Phil and Aurora S. Bolin Chair of Piano, Professor of Music. Private study of piano and harpsichord, piano pedagogy, keyboard literature, vocal and instrumental accompanying, keyboard performance, music history, and music literature.
Mr. Gary Lewis, Associate Professor of Music. Piano classes and music appreciation.
For more information, please contact Dr. Timothy Justus
(940) 397-4502; Midwestern State University Music Program,
3410 Taft Blvd., Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2099