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Materials of Music II

Course Code: MUSC 1201
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

Continuation of the study of the materials of tonal music. Comprehensive analysis of short pieces in a variety of classical and popular forms. Introduction to aspects of song writing.

Course Content

  1. Melody: review of tonal scales; introduction to modes and other types of scales such as pentatonic and blues; the role of motive, sequence, and non-chord tones in melodic construction.
  2. Rhythm: review of simple and compound metres; introduction to additive and asymmetrical metres; the role of syncopation and repetition in rhythmic construction.
  3. Harmony: continuing study of triads and seventh chords in root position and inversion; basic harmonic progressions and cadences; roman-numeral chord symbols; lead sheet chord symbols.
  4. Texture and Timbre: techniques for analyzing various types of scores (such as piano, piano/vocal, choral, instrumental ensemble, and orchestral); introduction to transposing instruments and instrumental transcription.
  5. Structure: continuing study of phrase and period structures; simple instrumental forms; song forms such as strophic, through-composed, 12-bar blues, 16-bar and 32-bar popular song forms.
  6. Song writing: basic aspects of melodic and rhythmic organization, harmonic structure, text setting, and accompaniment; short compositional exercises.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures will include explanation of material by the instructor and practice by the student in the form of exercises.

Means of Assessment

Regular homework checks (minimum of ten) 10%
Assignments and Quizzes (minimum of ten) 30%
Major Tests (minimum of three) 30%
Final Project (song writing or song analysis) 10%
Final Examination 20%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the resources of diatonic harmony, structural units and small forms, and the basic components of song, as represented in the following tasks:

  1. Provide a harmonic analysis of a given passage of music.
  2. Provide a structural analysis of a given passage of music.
  3. Provide written answers (definitions, explanation, descriptions, etc.) about any area of content.

course prerequisites

MUSC 1101


MUSC 1204 or MUSC 1203

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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