Music Theory & Ear Training

Our four-semester sequence begins with MUS 100 (Intro to Music Theory), and continues into three music major level theory courses: MUS 101, 102, and 201. There is also a corresponding Musicianship (ear training) course for each level of music major level theory.

If you feel you already have a firm understanding of music fundamentals (primarily major and minor scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, and rhythm), you can take a challenge exam to test out of MUS 100 and directly into MUS 101 (Theory I). (We recommend that you review these concepts at the free music theory web site www.musictheory.net.)

If you feel like you should be in an even higher level of theory or ear training, please contact us here.

 

Theory Resource Access

The three music major level Theory courses (MUS 101, 102, and 201) all use the same textbook – “The Musician’s Guide to Theory & Analysis”, published by Norton. Online access for registered users is provided for two years from when you purchase the resource, and you can access the ebook & related activities here: digital.wwnorton.com/guidetotheory3

Challenge Exam

The challenge exam will be administered in person. You can attempt the exam a total of two times; if you do not pass, then you will need to take MUS 100 or the equivalent before taking MUS 101. You MUST submit a Challenge form in person at Admissions & Records after taking the test. The Music Department will only approve the Challenge form if you achieved 85% or higher. After the form is approved, you will be cleared to register for MUS 101.

Challenge exams for the upcoming semester will always be offered at 10 AM on the Wednesday of finals week (during music major juries), and also at 1 PM on the Wednesday right before the semester begins, at the Music Student Auditions. All challenge exams will be administered by Prof. Falker (Rm. 2206) or by Kathy Brown, Music Instructional Associate. Please email musictheory@miracosta.edu to find out more information or to schedule a different time to take the challenge exam.

– For the Spring 2018 semester, these dates will be:

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Rm. 2251)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM. (Rm. 2413)

– For the Fall 2018 semester, these dates will be:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM (Rm. 2251)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM. (Rm. 2413)

 Sign up here to take a challenge exam or to contact a professor about theory and ear training classes.