House Bill 2504 Spring 2011 Course Syllabus MUSC-2213-01 (Commercial Music Theory II)
Spring 2011 Course Syllabus
MUSC-2213-01 (Commercial Music Theory II)
|Instructor||Vercher, Bryan Heath|
|Course ID #||10479|
|Course Title||Commercial 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.|
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.|
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|
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