Graduate/Transfer Music Theory Entrance Exam Primer:
Theory 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Theory I Coverage

Theory I begins with an introduction to music fundamentals, a topic that lasts the entire semester and is covered in the first three chapters of the textbook. After this thorough introduction to harmony, or the vertical aspect of music, attention is turned to the synthesis between harmony and melodic writing in the five chapters that are called an "Overview of Harmony and Voice-Leading." Composition in four parts begins with a small harmonic vocabulary (I, V, V7 in chapters (9 & 10) that is gradually expanded to include first inversion triads (chapter 11) and inversions of the dominant seventh chord (chapter 12).

Theory I Part-Writing

Below you will find a part-writing exercise where the Roman numerals are given but the voicing is not. When you are done with your realization of this exercise, please provide a Roman Numeral analysis of your composition and identify cadences by location and type. Once you have completed your chorale, you can see one possible realization and check your harmonic analysis against the linked answer sheet. Please note that there are innumerable ways to realize the same exercise, so your chord voicing and voice-leading will inevitably differ from the answer sheet. Just make sure you have followed all the rules of four-voice writing covered in chapters 4-5!

Theory I Analysis

Below you will find an exerpt you will analyze using Roman Numerals to indicate the chord function and figured bass to indicate the chord inversion. Once you have completed your analysis, you can check your results against the linked answer sheet. Please note that on this analysis, as well as all others on this website, the small circles used to indicate the diminished triad or the fully-diminished seventh chord and the slashed circle used to indicate the half-diminished seventh chord are missing due to the limitations of the computer program.

Click Here for Part-Writing Realization and Analysis Answer Sheet

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