Techniques of Music (Theory, Ear Training, Dictation)

  • Overview

    The Techniques of Music minor provides an in-depth course of study in three areas of music: theoretical (theory and analysis), practical (ear training and dictation), and creative (composition and composition-related). Expertise in these fundamental areas can be applied to various career paths and extracurricular interests such as music performance, teaching, composition, and more.

    Students interested in the minor can simulate a worksheet that accounts for courses already completed and in progress using the “What If” feature in Degree Works.

    Note: Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to:

    • Demonstrate proficiency with the fundamentals of music theory and with harmony and counterpoint through part writing and analysis
    • Demonstrate proficiency with ear training and dictation, use fixed-do solfège to sing music in several clefs, conduct and sing melodic and rhythmic patterns of varying difficulty, and transcribe and analyze passages of varying difficulty, ranging from single voice to four voice
    • Apply knowledge and skills of Techniques of Music to compositional and performance-related practice


    Subject Area Course Options Requirements

    Theory and Analysis

    Theory 1A–Theory 4B (CATM 1005–CATM 4206)
    Theory courses serve as introductory or gateway courses and should be taken prior to declaring the minor.
    Analysis 1A–Analysis 2B (CATM 3255–CATM 4256)

    6 credits

    Ear Training and Dictation

    Ear Training 1A–4B (CATM 1215–CATM 4216)
    Dictation 1A–4B (CATM 1225–CATM 4226)

    4 credits


    Piano 1A–2B (CATM 1135–CATM 3136)
    Keyboard 1A–3B (CATM 2245–CATM 4246)

    2 credits


    Composition for Non-majors (CCMP 2000)
    Fundamentals of Orchestration, Orchestration 1A–2B (CATM 3005–CATM 3156)

    2 credits


    Techniques of Music Since 1900 (CATM 3270)
    Dictation 5A–5B (CATM 5625–CATM 5626)
    Pedagogy: Theory, Ear Training, and Dictation, Analysis (CPBD 4000–CPBD 5090) 

    Various electives in composition, improvisation, and technology by advisement

    4 credits

    Students with 14 credits of coursework completed at the 3000 level or above can earn an “Advanced Techniques of Music” minor; appropriate coursework is determined by placement testing and advisement.


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are interested in pursuing deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

    The Techniques of Music minor requires an application for admission.

    For questions regarding this minor’s curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Maggie Koozer, Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning,, 212.580.0210 x4824.