Basic Theory II

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1202
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
Continuation of the study of musical rudiments with an introduction to harmony, form and the basics of song-writing. Course content includes all the components of the theory assessment for placement into MUSC 1110.
Course Content

Content will include, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Scales
    • Chromatic scales
    • Modal scales
    • Pentatonic scales
    • Whole tone scales
    • Blues Scales
    • Octatonic Scales
  2. Rhythm
    • Irregular groupings
    • Irregular meters
    • Syncopation
  3. Harmony
    • Triad types, root position and inversions
    • Seventh chords, root position and inversions
    • Traditional nomenclature of chords
    • Simple figured bass
    • Popular chord symbols
    • Chord progression
    • Cadence types
  4. Transposition  
    • by key  
    • by interval
  5. Musical Structure
    • Phrase and cadence
    • Simple binary and ternary forms
    • Song forms including 12-bar blues and 32-bar popular songs
  6. Song writing
  • Writing melodies
  • Writing harmonic progressions
  • Working with form
Methods Of Instruction

Lectures will include explanation of concept by the instructor and practice of the concept by the student in the form of written exercises and/or analysis of music.

Means of Assessment

The final grade will be based on the following four components:

Drills & Quizzes (minimum of 10) 20%
Assignments (minimum of 2) 10%
Tests (minimum of 4) 50%
Final Examination (including theory assessment) 20%
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an expanded working knowledge of the rudiments of music
  2. Analyse simple tonal music
  3. Transpose

Textbook Materials

A required text such as the following:

  • Duckworth, William.  A Creative Approach to Music Fundamentals, 10th ed. Boston: Schirmer, 2010.
  • With Music Fundamentals in Action Printed Access Card for Cengage learning website for text.


Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for MUSC 1202
Athabasca University (AU) AU MUSI 1XX (3)
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU MUS 109 (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 1XXX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MUSI 2XXX (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU MUSI 225 (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC HUMN 1XX (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 101A (1.5)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) Individual Audition Required

Course Offerings

Summer 2022

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.