PCC/ CCOG / MUS

Course Content and Outcome Guide for MUS 211B

Course Number:
MUS 211B
Course Title:
Music Theory II: Keyboard Harmony
Credit Hours:
1
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
20
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
$6.00

Course Description

Piano keyboard performance of simple keyboard skills (scales, cadences, melody harmonization, simple accompaniment patterns and transposition) as they apply to principles studied in Music Theory II. Corequisites: MUS 211A. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Material will primarily be presented in a lecture format. Students should be given the opportunity to apply concepts covered in the lectures in a hands-on environment. Course is ideally taught in a piano lab where each student has access to a piano keyboard.

Students will be able to compose and perform examples using 18th-century contrapuntal devices.
Students will be able to aurally identify 18th-century contrapuntal devices.
Students will be able to harmonize preexisting melodies using tonic and dominant harmonies in the classical style.
Students will be able to compose and perform common cadence formulae.
Students will be able to compose and perform Alberti bass type accompaniments from given block chord progressions.
Students will be able to compose and perform musical excerpts that include chromatic predominant chords.
Students will be able to harmonize preexisting melody using chromatic predominant harmonies.
Students will be able to aurally identify Neapolitan and augmented sixth harmonies.
Students will be able to compose and perform examples using chromatic third relation.
Students will be able to aurally identify examples of chromatic third relation.
Students will be able to compose and perform musical excerpts that employ mode mixture and parallel relations.
Students will be able to aurally identify examples of mode mixture.
Students will be able to compose and perform musical excerpts that include chromatic modulation.
Students will be able to aurally identify common 19th-century chromatic modulations.
Students will be able to harmonize melodies to achieve 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
Aural examinations
Applied examinations
Homework assignments
Class participation
Composition projects

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Eighteenth Century Contrapuntal Techniques
  Contrapuntal devices
  Fugal devices
    
Classical-Era Patterns
  Cadence review
  The tonic/dominant axis
  Alberti bass accompaniment
  Variation and developmental techniques
Nineteenth Century Chromaticism
  The Neapolitan sixth chord
  Augmented sixth chords
  Mode mixture and parallel relations
  Chromatic third relation
  Chromatic modulation
COMPETENCIES/SKILLS
The following skills are expected to be achieved to successfully meet the minimum requirement ("C" or "Pass") of the course.

  • Compose and perform examples using 18th-century contrapuntal techniques.
  • Aurally identify 18th-century contrapuntal techniques. 
  • Compose and perform examples using Alberti bass accompaniment. 
  • Compose and perform examples using 18th-century variation techniques.       
  • Compose and perform musical excerpts employing 19th-century chromatic practices.       
  • Aurally identify musical excerpts employing 19th-century chromatic harmonies. 
  • Compose and perform musical excerpts employing 19th-century chromatic modulation. 
  • Aurally identify 19th-century chromatic modulation.