Applied Popular Theory I

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Music
Course Code
MUSC 1176
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
30
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
This course will introduce the student to a variety of concepts and practices, theoretical and applied, commonly found in many styles of popular music. The course will focus on popular music up to the mid-1960s. Exercises and assignments will include composing in a variety of styles and formats.
Course Content
  1. Foundations:
  • Rhythm
  • Meter
  • Intervals, scales, keys
    • Major-minor system
    • Modes
    • Other scales
  • Chords
    • Triads
    • Sevenths
    • Extended chords
    • Other chords
  • Chord Symbols
    • Jazz / pop
    • Roman numeral
    • Other - Nashville, etc.
  • Harmonic Practices:
    • Folk traditions (diatonic)
    • Pop traditions (diatonic / chromatic)
  • Form:
    • Phrase constructions
    • Refrain forms
    • Sectional forms
  • Written and aural analysis of selected repertoire from the following song styles:
    • 12-bar Blues
    • 16-bar folk songs
    • Popular American 32-bar forms
  • Other topics:
    • Writing charts for a small ensemble
    • Basic instrumentation 
    Methods Of Instruction

    Lecture and practical demonstration

    Means of Assessment

    Quizzes (minimum of 4)

    20%
    Assignments (minimum of 2) 30%
    Midterm exam 20%
    Final exam 20%
    In-class work (presentations, demonstrations, participation) 10%
    Total 100%
    Learning Outcomes

    At the end of the course, the successful student will be able to:

    1. Understand and apply the core theoretical concepts used to create the characteristic sounds in popular music.
    2. Compose short examples within various idioms.
    3. Create simple charts, scores and parts.
    4. Gain valuable insight into the idiomatic practices of popular music.
    Textbook Materials

    The instructor may assign a textbook such as:

    Harrison, Mark. Contemporary Music Theory - Level One: A Complete Harmony and Theory Method for the Pop and Jazz Musician, Hal Leonard, current edition.

    Requisites

    Prerequisites

    Music Technology Diploma program entrance or permission of instructor

    Corequisites

    None

    Equivalencies

    None

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
    Alexander College (ALEX) ALEX HUMN 1XX (3) 2016/09/01 to -
    Athabasca University (AU) AU MUSI 2XX (3) 2016/09/01 to -
    Coast Mountain College (CMTN) No credit 2016/09/01 to -
    College of the Rockies (COTR) No credit 2016/05/01 to -
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 3550 (3) 2016/09/01 to -
    Langara College (LANG) LANG ARTS 1XXX (3) 2016/09/01 to -
    Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) No credit 2016/09/01 to -
    Northern Lights College (NLC) No credit 2016/09/01 to -
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG MUSC 1176 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1276 (3) = SFU CA 142 (3) & SFU CA 149 (3) 2016/09/01 to 2016/12/31
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (3) 2016/09/01 to -
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG MUSC 1176 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1276 (3) = SFU CA 142 (3) & SFU CA 249 (3) 2017/01/01 to -
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU MUSI 100 (3) 2016/09/01 to -
    University Canada West (UCW) No credit 2016/09/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) DOUG MUSC 1176 (3) & DOUG MUSC 1276 (3) = UBCO MUSC 103 (3) & UBCO MUSC 115 (3) 2016/09/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO MUSC 1st (3) 2016/09/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit 2016/09/01 to -
    University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit 2016/09/01 to -
    University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 1XX (1.5) 2016/09/01 to -

    Course Offerings

    Fall 2021

    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    35394
    Tue Thu
    07-Sep-2021
    - 08-Dec-2021
    07-Sep-2021
    08-Dec-2021
    Smith
    Douglas
    Full
    MUSC 1176 001 is restricted to Music Technology students only.
    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    26
    26
    0
    0
    Days
    Building
    Room
    Time
    Tue Thu
    New Westminster - North Bldg.
    N3407
    9:30 - 11:20