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Basic Theory II

Course Code: MUSC 1202
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 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

course prerequisites

MUSC 1102 or MUSC 1101


MUSC 1203 or MUSC 1204

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.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.