PCC/ CCOG / MUS

Course Content and Outcome Guide for MUS 211A

Course Number:
MUS 211A
Course Title:
Music Theory II
Credit Hours:
3
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Continues work on skills from in Music Theory I adding compositional techniques associated with the 20th century, as well as introducing tonal counterpoint and formal musical analysis. Prerequisite: MUS 113. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Material will primarily be presented in a lecture/discussion format. Other educational methods will be used to enhance lectures. These will include guest presentations and performances, research papers, small group work, original composition assignments and concert attendance.

A large amount of student to teacher and student to student contact should be achieved throughout the term in order to encourage and accomplish successful student development. The application of concepts presented will be accomplished through the examination of musical works in a variety of musical genres. Composition assignments that focus on particular aspects of music will be regularly scheduled.  Whenever possible students should be encouraged to perform assignments and compositions in the classroom. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to learn and use music technology (MIDI, internet, CD, DVD) to supplement the regular course work.

Eighteenth Century Contrapuntal Techniques

  • Students will be able to successfully identify and label main components of a J.S. Bach Two-Part Invention.
  • Students will be able to identify and compose examples of baroque era contrapuntal compositional techniques.
  • Students will be able to successfully identify and label main components of baroque era fugue.
  • Students will be able to provide harmonic analysis of baroque era polyphonic works.

Eighteenth Century Classical Style

  • Students will be able to identify and compose examples of classical era compositional techniques.
  • Students will be able to provide harmonic analysis of classical era works.
  • Students will be able to identify and compose examples of classical era variation technique.

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Chromaticism

  • Students will be able to identify and compose examples of eighteenth century chromatic predominant harmonies.
  • Students will be able to identify and compose examples of mode mixture and chromatic third relation.
  • Students will be able to identify related key areas created through mode mixture.
  • Students will be able to identify and compose examples of chromatic modulation.

Outcome Assessment Strategies


The instructor should make the criteria for assigning a course grade and for evaluating student progress clear at the beginning of the term. The individual instructor will determine the methods of assessment. Assessment methods may include:

Qualitative examinations
Quantitative examinations
Homework assignments
Music presentations
Class participation
Composition projects
Small group work/problem solving
Concert reports

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)



Eighteenth Century Contrapuntal Techniques
  Compositional devices
  Anatomy of J.S. Bach's Two-Part Inventions
  Anatomy of the baroque fugue

Eighteenth Century Classical Style
  The tonic/dominant axis
  Classical  vs. baroque aesthetics
  Alberti style accompaniment
  Variation technique

Chromatic Harmony
  Neapolitan sixth chord
  Augmented sixth chords
  Mode mixture/parallel relation 
  Chromatic third relation
  Eighteenth century chromatic modulation

COMPETENCIES/SKILLS
The following skills are expected to be achieved to successfully meet the minimum requirement ("C" or "Pass") of the course.

  • Provide analysis of J.S. Bach Invention including harmony and contrapuntal components and techniques.
  • Compose examples using baroque era contrapuntal techniques. 
  • Compose original excerpts that employ chromatic modulations. 
  • Provide analysis of baroque fugue including harmony and fugal components. 
  • Identify classical era variation techniques. 
  • Identify and label examples of chromatic predominant chords. 
  • Compose examples of chromatic predominant chords. 
  • Identify examples of mode mixture and related tonalities. 
  • Identify examples of chromatic third relations. 
  • Compose examples using chromatic third relations. 
  • Identify examples of eighteenth century chromatic modulations. 
  • Provide complete harmonic analysis of eighteenth century works including all material covered in the course.