SRJC Course Outlines

9/30/2022 4:45:01 AMMUSC 2D Course Outline as of Fall 2020

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  MUSC 2DTitle:  MUSIC THEORY 4  
Full Title:  Music Theory 4
Last Reviewed:4/22/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  MUS 2D

Catalog Description:
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A study of advanced chromaticism in common-practice harmony with an introduction to Impressionist, Post-Romantic, Modern (Post-Tonal), and Postmodern musical techniques. Topics include: borrowed chords and mode mixture; chromatic mediants; Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords; enharmonic reinterpretation and modulation; ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth chords; pandiatonicism and polytonality; set theory; 12-tone serialism; and advanced concepts of meter and rhythm.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Completion of MUSC 2C


Recommended Preparation:
Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 3D AND concurrent enrollment in MUSCP 11D or another appropriate piano course

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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A study of advanced chromaticism in common-practice harmony with an introduction to Impressionist, Post-Romantic, Modern (Post-Tonal), and Postmodern musical techniques. Topics include: borrowed chords and mode mixture; chromatic mediants; Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords; enharmonic reinterpretation and modulation; ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth chords; pandiatonicism and polytonality; set theory; 12-tone serialism; and advanced concepts of meter and rhythm.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Completion of MUSC 2C
Recommended:Concurrent enrollment in MUSC 3D AND concurrent enrollment in MUSCP 11D or another appropriate piano course
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: MUS 150 Music Theory IV SRJC Equivalent Course(s): MUSC2D

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Write four-part (soprano/alto/tenor/bass) arrangements with extended harmony and advanced
     chromatic techniques in the common-practice style.
2.  Analyze, compare, and contrast the fundamental concepts and musical techniques of the
    Romantic, Post-Romantic, Impressionist, Modern (post-tonal), and Postmodern styles.
3.  Compose short pieces utilizing the techniques mentioned above.
 

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The student will be able to:
1. Analyze and utilize borrowed chords, mode mixture, and chromatic mediants.
2. Identify, construct, and utilize Neapolitan and augmented-sixth chords.
3. Analyze and explain enharmonic spellings, reinterpretation, and modulation.
4. Identify, construct, and utilize ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth chords.
5. Analyze and utilize common-tone-diminished-seventh chords, simultaneities,
     coloristic chord successions, and other harmonic devices.
6. Realize a figured bass line into a complete four-part arrangement utilizing these
     harmonic devices.
7. Harmonize a given melody in four parts utilizing these harmonic devices.
8. Analyze, compare, and contrast the musical techniques of the late 19th and 20th centuries
     including pandiatonicism, polytonality, set theory, serialism, and advanced concepts of
     meter and rhythm.

Topics and Scope
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I. Music for Study and Analysis
    Musical examples for this course will be drawn the common-practice literature of the Western
    (European) tradition. Emphasis will be on music of the 19th and 20th century, particularly the
    Romantic, Post-Romantic, Impressionist, Modern (post-tonal), and Postmodern styles.
II. Borrowed Chords and Mode Mixture
    A. Borrowed chords in major
    B. Scalar variants in minor
    C. Revisiting the "Picardy third"
    D. Modulations involving mode mixture
III. The Neapolitan Chord
    A. Conventional use of the Neapolitan 6th
    B. Other uses of the Neapolitan
IV. Augmented Sixth Chords
    A. The interval of the augmented sixth
    B. The Italian, French, and German augmented sixth chords
    C. The "enharmonic" German sixth in major keys
    D. Other bass positions and resolutions
    E. Other uses of augmented sixth chords
V. Chromatic Mediants
    A. Identifying and utilizing chromatic mediant chords
    B. Key relationships with chromatic mediants
VI. Enharmonic Spellings and Modulations
    A. Enharmonic spelling and reinterpretation
    B. Common enharmonic chords
    C. Modulation through enharmonic reinterpretation
VII. Further Elements of the Harmonic Vocabulary
    A. Altered Dominant chords: #5 and b5
    B. Ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth chords
    C. Common-tone diminished seventh chords
    D. "Simultaneities"
    E. Linear ("coloristic") chord successions
    F. Neo-Riemannian transformations and the Tonnetz
VIII. The Romantic and Post-Romantic Styles
    A. Counterpoint and sequence
    B. Prolongation of dominant harmony
    C. Tonal ambiguity: the "Tristan Chord"
    D. Other "signature" harmonies
IX. The Impressionist Style
    A. Asian influence
    B. Pentatonic scales, modes, and synthetic scales
    C. Use of extended harmony
    D. Embrace of parallelism
    E. Blurred cadences and functional ambiguity
X. Modernism and Post-Tonal Theory
     A. Polyharmony and Pandiatonicism
    B. Quartal and secondal harmony
    C. Advanced approaches to rhythm and meter
    D. Principles of Set Theory
     E. Serialism and twelve-tone music
XI. Musical Postmodernism
    A. Total serialization vs. aleatoric (chance) music
    B. Minimalism
    C. New textures and expanded instrumental resources
    D. Russolo's "Art of Noises"
    E. "Musique Concrete" and electronic music
    F. Microtonality and "sound mass"

Assignments:
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1. Reading assignments (10-15 pp./week) in the text, handouts, and/or online
2. Worksheet assignments (3-5 pp./week) in part writing and harmonization
3. Harmonic and formal analysis of compositions and excerpts from the literature
     (1-3 pp./week)
4. Online exercises to reinforce concepts learned in class (ungraded)
5. In-class quizzes and/or exams (2-4) and a comprehensive final examination
6. At least two compositions (one as a final project) realized in notation software  
     that utilize the compositional techniques learned in the course
7. The final composition project shall include a brief oral presentation explaining the artistic
     motivation for the piece as well as the compositional processes used

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
30 - 50%
Part writing and analysis worksheets; Composition projects
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Quizzes/exams; Comprehensive final examination
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Attendance and class participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Music in Theory and Practice, Volume 1. 9th ed. Benward, Bruce and Saker, Marilyn. McGraw-Hill. 2015 (classic)
 
Tonal Harmony. 8th ed. Kostka, Stefan and Payne, Dorothy. McGraw-Hill. 2017
 
Instructor-prepared materials

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