Collaros Memorization Alerts for Music Theory I (MUSI 171)

Some things you just gotta know!


ALERT 1--Style Periods and Approximate Dates:

  • Middle Ages: 500-1430
  • Renaissance: 1430-1600
  • Baroque: 1600-1750
  • Classical: 1750-1820
  • Romantic: 1820-1900


ALERT 2--Voice Leading Rules of Thumb:

  • Retain the common tone in the same voice
  • Move by step in the same voice


ALERT 3--Melodic Line Considerations:

  • Avoid augmented intervals, 7ths, and intervals larger than a P8
  • Conjunct motion should be used primarily
  • Diminished intervals must be followed by a stepwise change of direction
  • Observe tendency tones
  • Melodic intervals larger than a P4 are usually best approached and left in the direction opposite to the leap
  • When smaller leaps are used consecutively in the same direction, they should outline a triad


ALERT 4--Harmonic Progression Diagrams

                       harmonic progression diagrams


ALERT 5--Basic Doubling Rules for First-Inversion Triads:

The order of preference from most preferred to least preferred:

  • Double the soprano with an inner voice
  • Double the bass with an inner voice
  • Double the outer voices
  • Double the inner voices--LEAST PREFERRED!

PLEASE E-MAIL ME WITH TYPOS AND ANY OTHER ERRORS YOU MAY DETECT.

  
Music Theory I Syllabus

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