Applied Music Theory for Traditional Musicians


Professor: Kevin Kehrberg

This course is an introduction to music theory as applicable to the traditional vernacular music of North America, with a focus on the music traditions of the southern Appalachian region. Such traditions include old time music, bluegrass, country music, and gospel music. The course will cover chord construction, various scales, harmony, intervals, numbers, transposition, elementary ear training and other relevant concepts. Students will also have the opportunity to sing harmony in style pertinent to these musical traditions. While rudimentary music reading skills are required, the content will focus more on the practical application of these concepts in performance settings. Aspects of performance musicality, including programming, pacing, effective use of dynamics etc., will also be covered.

Prerequisities: MUS109 Intro. to Music or MUS120 Beginning Music Theory