MUS-221: Music Theory III

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MUS-221 Music Theory III

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

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): MUS-122 with a grade of C or better

Co-requisites (if any): MUS-223

Course Description in college catalog:

This course expands basic tonal progressions with tonic expansions, seventh chords in inversions, secondary applied chords and pivot chord modulations. Chromaticism is introduced through the use of mode mixture and the use of fully diminished chords in major. The class continues to explore the concepts of species counterpoint.

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

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. Students will demonstrate a progressive understanding of the various elements and basic interrelated processes of creation, interpretation, and execution within their discipline.

2. In written work, discussion and creation of art, students will appropriately utilize the vocabulary of their respective discipline.

3. Students will integrate theoretical knowledge and performance skills in the creation and performance of collaborative and individual projects.

4. Students will integrate personal observation and objective criticism in the evolution of their artistic work.

5. Develop a working knowledge of music notation, demonstrating:

  • Understanding of all Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths
  • Understanding of voice leading and connections of common tones and chords
  • Cogent analysis of the interaction between harmony and melody

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:

  • 50% Exams (Midterm, Final and Piano)
  • 25% Homework
  • 25% In Class Participation (including quizzes)

Class Policies: Students must use a headset at all times when working on the keyboard. The keyboard is not to be used unless permission is given by the instructor.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
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).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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