MUSC212 Music Theory IV

Department of The Arts: Music

I. Course Number and Title
MUSC212 Music Theory IV
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
2250
IV. Prerequisites
MUSC211 (C or better) or by Departmental placement exam or
Corequisites
MUSC216 Ear Training IV
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
Music Theory IV explores Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century chromaticism (including secondary dominants, primary, secondary, and double mixture, Neapolitan chords, and augmented sixth chords), Twentieth-Century techniques. Students analyze stylistically representative repertoire.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. analyze and construct chromatic harmonies using techniques of Roman Numeral harmonic analysis, figured bass, and related symbolic nomenclatures; and
    2. identify, analyze, and construct secondary dominants, primary, secondary, and double mixture, Neapolitan chords, augmented sixth chords, modes, non-diatonic scales (pentatonic, octatonic, and whole tone), and serial tone rows.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. practice principles and applications of secondary dominants, mixture chords, Neapolitan chords, harmonic modulation techniques, and movable-do chromatic solfege as a brief, intensive review
    2. define the Phrygian leading tone concept
    3. define, identify, and construct augmented sixth chords (definitions of the four basic types, their idiomatic resolutions, and their component scale degree/solfege constructs and nomenclatures; relationships to secondary dominants and Phrygian leading tones; related written and aural identification and construction tasks)
    4. practice advanced harmonic modulation techniques
    5. practice written and aural analysis of representative musical repertoire that incorporates secondary dominants, mixture chords, Neapolitan chords, augmented sixth chords, modes, non-diatonic scales (pentatonic, octatonic, and whole tone), and serial tone rows
    6. identify, analyze and construct modes, non-diatonic scales (pentatonic, octatonic, and whole tone), and serial tone rows
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Course-specific content will be accessed via homework assignments, quizzes, and exams. A departmentally-generated final comprehensive examination is 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; Revised 3/2010; New Core 8/2015