Theory Bowl Format
Round 1: Speed Written Fundamentals
– Three sets of twelve questions; 15 seconds per question, answered as a group. (Scored after each set.)
– One set of twelve questions; 25 seconds per question, each team member answers individually. (Scored after the set; scored as the average number correct for the team.)
Round 2: Aural Fundamentals Round
– Interval identification set (12 intervals, played twice; 10 seconds each.)
Played harmonically, ascending melodically, or descending melodically. Teams are given one note of the interval, write the second, and label the interval.
– Scale degree identification set (4 groups/16 notes total, each group played twice, 40 seconds per group)
After a tonicization is played, four notes within the key will be played for students to identify. Teams are told the key, write the key signature in the clef specified and write the four notes heard.) In minor, notes may be drawn from natural, harmonic or melodic minor.
– Meter identification set (8 examples from literature, played twice, 45 seconds per excerpt)
Students should answer with a possible meter for the excerpt. Homophonic meters such as 2/4 & 2/2 will both be accepted where possible.
– Triad & seventh chord set:
8 triads: Given the name of the root, students spell the triad heard and name its quality and inversion.
8 seventh chords: Given the name of the root, students spell the seventh chord heard and name its quality.
– Scale & Mode set: (6 examples, 40 seconds each, played twice)
Given the name of the starting note, students write and label the scale or mode played.
Round 3: Harmony & Voice Leading/Analysis Round
Thirty questions, ranging in answer type from multiple choice to longer completion of voice-leading examples. See study guide for material included and sample questions for timing for each question.
Round 4: Aural Dictation & Error Identification Round
Cadence Identification (8 questions, played twice, 20 seconds each): Label the cadence type heard.
Error detection set (8 questions, played twice, 20 seconds each): Circle the incorrect note(s), mark rhythmic errors with “R”, and pitch errors with “P” for “pitch” or “N” for “notes.” Most examples will be in two voices, errors may be in either the upper or lower voice. One or two challenge examples will be in three or four voices, with an error potentially occurring in an inner voice.
Rhythmic dictations (2 questions, played four times, with 30 seconds between hearings): one in a simple meter, one in a compound meter)
Melodic dictations (2 questions, played four times, with 30 seconds between hearings): one in Major, one in minor; one in a simple meter, one in a compound meter)