MUS-122: Music Theory II

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MUS-122 Music Theory II

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): MUS-121 or MUS-112 with a grade of C or better.

Co-requisites (if any): MUS-124

Course Description in college catalog:

This course covers the basics of chord spacing, voice leading techniques as they apply to diatonic chord progressions and cadences including the use of the cadential six-four and dominant seventh chords. The class also provides an introduction to the species counterpoint and the use of non-chord tones.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Music Production

A.S. Music

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Music Theory II continues to give the student a solid foundation in music theory. By the end of the semester students will be able to part write using four voices in the common style the following:

  • Diatonic harmonic progressions
  • Expansions through inversions, root position dominant seventh chords and sequences.
  • Common cadence types
  • Common non-chord tones

2. Students will be able to apply this knowledge in both performance and analysis. By the end of the semester students will be able to:

  • Realize examples of these concepts on the keyboard
  • Identify these elements in an analysis of select musical examples
  • Analyze the phrase structure of select musical examples

3. Study of the species counterpoint will continue. By the end of the semester students will be able to:

  • Write in third and fourth species counterpoint
  • Perform these counterpoint exercises as well as examples of similar counterpoint individually and in small groups
  • Identify the influence of the species counterpoint in select musical examples from the historical literature

Program-specific outcomes

Prepare students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution of higher learning to pursue a career in music by providing a solid foundation in the areas of musicianship and performance.

Provide the general college students with the opportunities to study music in a variety of classes that promotes intellectual inquiry, global awareness and lifelong active learning.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:


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Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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