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Theory of Tonal Music IV

Course Code: MUSC 2410
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

The study of form in tonal music with emphasis on the analysis of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century instrumental and vocal genres.

Course Content

  1. Principles of musical form:  concepts and terms.
  2. The role of melody, rhythm, harmony, texture and phrase in the formal process.
  3. Review of binary, ternary and compound ternary forms.
  4. Analysis of Classical and Romantic forms:  sonata, rondo, sonata-rondo.

Methods of Instruction

Concepts and techniques are presented and discussed in the lectures; assignments are undertaken by the students.

Means of Assessment

Assignments (minimum of 4) 20%
Projects (2) 10%
Class Participation and Homework Checks  10%
Quizzes (minimum of 5) 15%
Tests (minimum of 2) 20%
Final Examination 25%
TOTAL 100%

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 or entire compositions;
  2. provide written answers to questions on any aspect of the course content.

course prerequisites

MUSC 2310 or special permission





curriculum guidelines

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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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