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Chang, Philip C Senior Instructor

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  • Dr. Chang completed several years of research on the problem of rhythm and meter in the unmeasured harpsichord preludes of Louis Couperin. He has begun to explore in the expression of tonality in mid-20th century American art music and pre-Baroque keyboard music, and various aspects of contemporary pop and rock music. Of particular interest is the relationship of text and music, ranging from 19th-century German Lieder to contemporary pop and rock music.

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  • harmony and counterpoint (undergraduate core), pedagogy of music theory, text and music relations, pop and rock music, 18th-century counterpoint, post-tonal analysis

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Teaching

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  • MUSC 1101 - Semester 1 Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces the fundamentals of diatonic harmony and voice leading, focusing on model composition (including one-, two- and four-voice writing) and analysis of excerpts from music literature. Offered fall only.
  • MUSC 1111 - Semester 2 Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Continuation of MUSC 1101. Explores principles of harmony, voice leading and form. Continues emphasis on both model composition and analysis. Introduces chromatic elements (such as applied dominants and modulation), harmonic syntax and structural analysis of excerpts from music literature. Offered spring only.
  • MUSC 1121 - Aural Skills Lab, Semester 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Focuses on sight singing, rhythm and dictation of diatonic melodies in major and minor keys (treble, alto and bass clefs). Covers identification of scale types, intervals, triads and dominant seventh chords. Includes individual and group improvisation. Offered fall only.
  • MUSC 1131 - Aural Skills Lab, Semester 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Continuation of MUSC 1121. Focuses on sight singing, rhythm and dictation of diatonic melodies; adds chromatic elements, more complex rhythms and two-part dictation. Includes harmonic dictation using vocabulary from MUSC 1111. Includes individual and group improvisation within harmonic contexts. Offered spring only.
  • MUSC 2101 - Semester 3 Theory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Continuation of MUSC 1111. Reviews harmonic and formal concepts from MUSC 1111. Introduces advanced chromatic concepts such as modal mixture, seventh chords with added dissonance, Neapolitan sixth chord and augmented-sixth chords. Explores in-depth structural analysis of musical works. Offered fall only.
  • MUSC 2111 - Semester 4 Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Continuation of MUSC 2101. Builds on and synthesizes harmonic, melodic and formal concepts from semesters 1-3. Includes writing about musical structure and analyzing relationships of musical structure to extramusical elements (such as text, performance technique, dance, staging, etc.). Introduces 20th century compositional techniques. Offered spring only.
  • MUSC 2131 - Aural Skills Lab, Semester 4
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Continuation of MUSC 2121. Applies concepts from MUSC 2111 in performance (prepared, from sight and improvised) and analytical listening (transcription, dictation and aural analysis. Offered spring only.
  • MUSC 5071 - Post-tonal Theory and Analysis I
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Focuses on theory and analysis of post-tonal literature pre-1945. Student must have passed general written theory and aural skills preliminary exam or completed remediation before enrolling in course.
  • MUSC 6051 - Pedagogy of Music Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores methods, materials, practical techniques for teaching undergraduate music theory, aural skills and analysis. Student must have passed general written theory and aural skills preliminary exam or completed remediation before enrolling in course. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

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