MUSC211 Music Theory III
Department of The Arts: Music
Course Number and TitleMUSC211 Music Theory III
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
PrerequisitesMUSC112 (C or better) and by qualifying exam
CorequisitesMUSC215 Ear Training III
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionMusic 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.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Learning Goals
- analyze and construct chromatic harmonies using techniques of Roman Numeral harmonic analysis, figured bass, and related symbolic nomenclatures; and
- define, analyze, and construct secondary dominants, primary, secondary, and double mixture, Neapolitan chords, and related chromatically altered sonorities.
- Core Learning Goals
Students will be able to
This course is not in the Core.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- Practice principles and applications of diatonic harmony and movable-do chromatic solfege as a brief, intensive review.
- 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).
- Define, analyze, and practice harmonic modulation techniques.
- Define, identify, and construct mixture chords (definitions of primary, secondary, and double mixture chord types; related written and aural identification and construction tasks).
- Define, identify, and construct Neapolitan chords (definition; related written and aural identification and construction tasks).
- Practice part-writing tasks involving secondary dominants, mixture chords, Neapolitan chords, and modulation.
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- Assessment Methods for Core 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.
This course is not in the Core.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:A departmentally selected textbook and workbook are required for this course. (See course format.)
Teaching Methods EmployedTeaching methods employed may include, but are not limited to, specific topics, projects, assignments, approaches, time frames, A-V, etc.
In-class drill/practice tasks
Demonstration and live performance
Reading assignments from textbooks
Homework assignments (workbook and instructor-generated)
Score reading and analysis
Quizzes and exams
Review/Approval Date - 4/08