Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MUC 150B
Course Title:
Keyboard Harmony II
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Course Description

Piano keyboard performance of simple keyboard skills introducing scales, cadences, melody harmonization, simple accompaniment patterns and transposition as they apply to principles studied in Commercial Music Theory II. Must have prerequisite or instructor permission. Prerequisites: MUC 150A. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Keyboard Harmony 2 serves as a hands on" supplement to the concepts presented in Commercial Music Theory 1 and 2. Inversion exercises and modulation cycles are setup as routines to increase the student's musical palette and enhance creativity. When presented with the proper tools, students will be able to play, spell and recognize common triads and seventh chords relevant to the properties of diatonic harmony. The course is primarily aimed at developing arranging and compositional skills.

Intended Outcomes for the course

The material in this course is presented in a lab format. Other educational methods may be employed such as lecture, discussion, dictation, and keyboard demonstrations. The student spends each class time in the piano lab. During lab activities, the instructor will observe the student's progress and answer any questions pertaining to subject matter. Students may be asked to perform specific skills.

Course Activities and Design

  • Theoretical lectures.
  • The student's keyboard playback of dictated chords and intervals.
  • Demonstrations of assignment parameters.
  • Ear testing of interval relationships and diatonic triads.
  • Group interactive sessions

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Procedures used to evaluate student progress will be presented at the beginning of the course, with clarification of the instructor's expectations. Competency and grades will be determined according to the student's ability to perform assigned keyboard tasks during scheduled examinations. Written quizzes, homework assignments, creativity, and regular attendance will also serve to gauge the outcome of a student's final grade.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Obtain a knowledge of diatonic harmony as it applies to the music keyboard. Play, spell and recognize triads and seventh chords related to the major scale and minor scales.
  • Identify names to common chord types based on the 12 tone scale. Translate written notation to positions on the piano keyboard . Display proficiency at recognizing inversions using both close" and open" positions.
  • Illustrate ability to display proper 'voice leading' concepts when executing keyboard skills.
  • Retain and apply skills pertaining to music theory: voicing of seventh chords, borrowed chords, modulation devices and properties of various minor scales.
  • Demonstrate ability to play specific modulation cycles.
  • Comprehend chord call" symbols typical to the styles of jazz, classical, and pop.
  • Practice accompaniment patterns of various styles.
  • Develop ear" to discern properties of consonance and dissonance
  • Recognize secondary dominants" in context to the major scale.