MUSC211 Music Theory III

Department of The Arts: Music

I. Course Number and Title
MUSC211 Music Theory III
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
2250
IV. Prerequisites
MUSC112 (C or better) and by qualifying exam or
Corequisites
MUSC215 Ear Training III
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
Music Theory III explores Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century chromaticism (including secondary dominants, primary, secondary, and double mixture, Neapolitan chords, and related chromatically altered sonorities). A continuation of Music Theory II and intended for music majors, MUSC211 must be taken in conjunction with MUSC215 Ear Training III.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will be able to:

    1. analyze and construct chromatic harmonies using techniques of Roman Numeral harmonic analysis, figured bass, and related symbolic nomenclatures; and
    2. define, analyze, and construct secondary dominants, primary, secondary, and double mixture, Neapolitan chords, and related chromatically altered sonorities.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. practice principles and applications of diatonic harmony and movable-do chromatic solfege as a brief, intensive review
    2. define, identify, and construct secondary dominants (definitions of the five classes, their idiomatic resolutions, and their component scale degree/solfege constructs and nomenclatures; applications to chords of the dominant, supertonic, subdominant, mediant, and submediant; related written and aural identification and construction tasks)
    3. define, analyze, and practice harmonic modulation techniques
    4. define, identify, and construct mixture chords (definitions of primary, secondary, and double mixture chord types; related written and aural identification and construction tasks)
    5. define, identify, and construct Neapolitan chords (definition; related written and aural identification and construction tasks)
    6. practice part-writing tasks involving secondary dominants, mixture chords, Neapolitan chords, and modulation.
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Course-specific content will be assessed via homework assignments (workbook and instructor-generated), quizzes, and exams. A departmentally-generated final comprehensive examination will be administered to assess all subject matter components that are detailed in the Learning Goals for this course.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    A departmentally-selected textbook and workbook are required for this course. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 4/08; New Core 8/2015