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Theory Of Tonal Music II

Course Code: MUSC 1210
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

Continuation of the study of tonal harmony with emphasis on more complex diatonic chord progressions, tonicization and modulation. Analysis of binary and ternary forms.

Course Content

  1. Melodic composition:  voice-leading in four-part harmony.
  2. Harmony: more complex diatonic chord progressions involving dominant seventh chords, applied (secondary)dominant and dominant seventh chords, tonicization, modulation to closely-related keys.
  3. Form: extended phrases and periods, double periods, small binary and ternary forms, compound ternary form.
  4. Transposition, transposing instruments, open score.

Methods of Instruction

Concepts and techniques are presented and discussed in the lectures; applications will be worked on in the tutorials; assignments are undertaken by the students.

Means of Assessment

Assignments (minimum of 5) 15%
Class Participation (including homework checks) 10%
Quizzes (minimum of 7) 20%
Speed Drills (minimum of 10) 10%
Tests (minimum of 2) 20%
Final Examination 25%

Learning Outcomes

The student will learn harmonic, melodic, rhythmic and structural materials of tonal music.  The student will be expected to:

  1. provide an analysis of representative musical excerpts, short pieces, or movements from larger works;
  2. harmonize in four-part style a given bass (figured or unfigured) or soprano;
  3. provide written answers to questions on any aspect of the course content.

course prerequisites

MUSC 1110 or special permission                                



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.

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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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