MUS 102 - Theory of Music

Course Description

This course in Theory of Music is the second semester of a four-semester/two-year sequence of coursework designed for students who are pursuing music as an academic major or minor. The first year includes the basic materials of music: the structures of tonality, harmonic progression, and the technique of harmonization. Students are required to complete and analyze music using practices listed above. Group 2 course.

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Required Prerequisites

MUS 101, MUS 103, MUS 106; or equivalent competency


MUS 104, MUS 107

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Identify music theory terminology used in 4- part voice leading, non-chord tones, and secondary functions.
  • Label diatonic triads and seventh chords as well as secondary dominant and secondary leading-tone chords and non-chord tones in composition excerpts.
  • Demonstrate use of all musical elements studied thus far through written examples.
Human Dimension:
  • See themselves as artists.
  • Collaborate with others in a creative environment.
  • Recognize the personal and societal importance of self-expression and creativity.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Express interest in music from other cultures and genres.
  • Value differences in cultural expressions of creativity.
  • Recognize the role music plays as an expression of social concerns.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Read study effectively.
  • Frame useful questions.
  • Develop educational goals.
  • Direct/regulate their own learning.
  • Learn through collaboration.