Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MUS 213B
Course Title:
Music Theory II: Keyboard Harmony and Aural Skills
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Course Description

Continues development of piano keyboard skills (scales, cadences, melody harmonization, accompaniment patterns and transposition) as they apply to principles studied in Music Theory II. Continues development of aural skills. Prerequisites: MUS 212B. Corequisites: MUS 213A. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Perform 20th and 21st century music components at the keyboard.
  • Aurally identify and perform 20th and 21st century music components.

Course Activities and Design

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

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:

Aural examinations
Applied keyboard examinations

Applied singing and rhythm performance
Aural transcriptions
Class participation

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

New Musical Resources
€¦ Extended and added tone harmonies
€¦ Modality vs. tonality
€¦ Quartal and quintal harmony
€¦ Church modes, whole tone and pentatonic scales
€¦ Nonfunctional tonality
€¦ Parallelism
Early Twentieth Century Tonality
€¦ The golden mean in music
€¦ Secundal harmonies
€¦ Polychords
€¦ New rhythmic devices (asymmetric meter, ostinato, polymeter and polyrhythm)
€¦ Octatonic and synthetic scales
€¦ New forms of tonality (free tonality, bitonality, pandiatonicism and polytonality)
€¦ Additive formal process
€¦ Stratification
€¦ Isorythms and nonretrogradable rhythms
€¦ Modes of limited transposition
Jazz Harmony and Theory
€¦ Reading charts and jazz harmony
€¦ Extending chords
€¦ Substitution patterns
€¦ Scale/chord theory
€¦ Improvisation
€¦ Cellular organization and variation
€¦ Schoenberg, Berg and Webern
€¦ Set theory (interval class, pitch class, normal order, prime form, interval vectors)
€¦ Serialism and 12-tone method
€¦ Non 12-tone serialism and absolute serialism
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 jazz harmonic practices including extended harmony, altered harmony, harmonic substitution, harmonic back cycling and scale/chord theory.
  • Reharmonize existing traditional tonal composition according to jazz harmonic practices.
  • Compose and perform musical excerpts employing extended and non-tertian harmonies.
  • Aurally identify extended and non-tertian harmonies.
  • Compose and perform musical excerpts employing synthetic and non-traditional scales.
  • Aurally identify synthetic and non-traditional scales.
  • Compose and perform atonal musical excerpts using cell based and serial methods.
  • Aurally identify transformations of cell.