House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

MUSC-2213-01 (Commercial Music Theory II)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorVercher, Bryan Heath
Phone(409) 984-6343
Commercial Music Program
Chair:Kristel Kemmerer
Telephone:(409) 984-6520
Hours:M-W 9AM-10AM, 11AM-12PM, Tu-Th 9AM-10AM, 12-2PM
Building:Performing Arts & Theatre (PATB)
Room #:126
Course Information
Course ID #10479
Course Subject-Number-SectionMUSC-2213-01
Course TitleCommercial Music Theory II
Course Description Course Description: Continuation of Commercial Music Theory I. Emphasizes harmonic and melodic analysis, extended chord theory, and modal and altered scales.
Course Prerequisites Prerequisite: MUSC 1213 and MUSC 1211.

Co-requisite: MUSC 2211

Required Textbooks Required Text: There is no required text for Music Theory II. All materials for study will be provided by your instructor.
Learning Objectives Diagram harmonic progression using traditional and modern chord symbols; demonstrate ability to harmonize a melody using extended chords; and compose melodies using modes and altered scales.
Major Assignments Guest Speakers: In addition to regular class sessions, I have arranged for three guest speakers to present a composition master class this semester. Please make all effort to attend these classes as these are music professionals who have been working in the music business for quite some time. Dates for guest speakers are as follows: February 17, March 24, April 21. Please mark your calendars.

Course Outline: The following is a brief outline of topics we will cover in class over the period of the semester. You will be responsible for returning all work on time and in full.

Week 1: Introduction to Class and Review

Weeks 2-4: Analysis of Melody: During this section, we will look at how melody is constructed through the use of chord tones and non-chord tones, discuss different types of non-chord tones, and analyze melodies for a variety of songs. The last week of class students will spend time creating, critiquing, and polishing their own melodies.

Weeks 5-7: Extended Chords and Jazz Harmony: We will look at extended chords (9th, 11th, 13th chords) during this period, discuss their construction, use, and look at several types of voicings commonly found in the jazz language. Analysis of selected songs will help reinforce this concept, and in the final week, students will create their own harmonizations using extended chords.

Weeks 8-10: Rhythm and Composition: We will review concepts of rhythm and discuss different rhythmic styles and their association with certain genres of music. Students will analyze a variety of songs for use of syncopation and rhythmic figures. In the final week of this unit, students will create a short piece using rhythmic elements from a selected style.

Weeks 11-13: Harmonization of Melody: We will look at how melody affects the choice of chords in given compositions during this week. We will discuss use of chords based on tension, alternate chord choices, the use of secondary dominants, and analyze songs to better understand these concepts. The final week will give students the opportunity to harmonize either original melodies or reharmonize familiar material from the popular song repertoire.

Weeks 14-15: This unit will wrap up our semester by taking a look at chord progressions from a variety of musical styles. We will look at songs and charts from jazz, R&B, pop, rock, and blues. Students will be asked to analyze songs and point out unifying features in songs of a given genre.

Discussion Topics See Major Assignments
Attendance Policy Attendance Policy: The department attendance policy is as follows. You are allowed one unexcused absence over the course of the semester. Every absence beyond the first will result in a 5% deduction from your attendance grade. Three instances of being late to class will count in one unexcused absence. You begin the semester with a 100% attendance grade.
Determination of Final Grade Grading Policy: Grading policy is as follows:

Attendance – 25%

Quizzes and Homework – 25%

Midterm – 25%

Final Project – 25% - Students will create a melody in a contemporary style, harmonize the melody using triads, sevenths, and extended chords, and analyze piece against comparable repertoire for understanding and cohesion.

Work is due by the assigned date. If work is late, it may be turned in by the next class period for a 20% deduction. Quizzes or tests missed may only be made up at the discretion of the instructor.

Final Exam Date May 18, 2011 - 8:00 AM
Campus Policies
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Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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