MUS-222: Music Theory IV

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MUS-222 Music Theory IV

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

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): MUS-221 with a grade of C or better

Co-requisites (if any): MUS-224

Course Description in college catalog:

This course continues to explore chromaticism with the study of chromatic mediants, Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords. Enharmonic modulations and advanced use of the fully diminished seventh chord are covered as well as techniques for large scale musical analysis. Chord constructions beyond sevenths, modern use of the modes, symmetrical and synthetic scales are introduced.

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:

 Music Theory IV is the final class and thus contains the most advanced concepts of the sequence

  1. Part write using four voices in the common style the following: progressions using mode mixture, Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords.
  2. Realize examples of these concepts on the keyboard.
  3. Identify these elements, as well as enharmonic modulations, common tone diminished sevenths, altered dominants and 9th chords in select musical examples.
  4. Identify the elements that make a fugue.

The course also provides an introduction to twentieth Century Music techniques. The student will be able to:

  1. Analyze a tone row and derive its variants and identify their use in appropriate musical examples.
  2. Define and identify the use of other scale types, non-triadic harmony, pandiatonicism, parallelism, tone clusters, processes (such as phasing) and indeterminacy in select musical examples. 

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.

Attendance: Attendance will be taken in every class and is imperative to passing this course. In accordance with QCC attendance requirements stated in academic standing, absences of 15% or more of the course may result in a failing grade. Excessive late arrivals or early departures may also result in a failing grade.

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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