Music Theory III

Assisi Flyer vertical 9-20-17Brahms:  “10% inspiration, 90% perspiration.”


Due August 24:  Review Chapter 20, Keyboard skills assignment.  Play the following progression:

  •  4  Major Keys:  T  PD  V/V  D T
  •   4 Minor Keys:  T  PD  vii dim/V  D T

Due August 29:  

Correct you keyboard skills secondary function “cheat sheet” and turn it in,

Complete your string quartet

  • Version 1 in a major key
  • Version 2 in a minor key
  • Both versions follow the model of the keyboard skills exercises

Due August 31:

  • Practice playing secondary function (V/V and viio/V) on the keyboard in 6 different major keys and 6 different minor keys
  • Be sure you have read Chapters 20 and 21
  • Learn All secondary function chords in major keys
  • LearnAll secondary function chords in minor keys
  • Write out as triads and seventh chords all applied dominants and leading tone chords (all secondary function chords) in all inversions for the key of C major.  Make your chart very organized and neat  You may use Finale.

Due Sept. 5:

  • Workbook 21.1-21.3 all
  • Rework and correct both short compositions in Finale.  Submit to Dropbox for a grade.
  • Complete the InQuizitive Assignments by the due date:
    • Chapter 20 by Monday night at 11:59 PM, Sept 4.
    • InQuiz Ch. 20-21
    • Ch. 21 InQuizitive due 11:59 PM September 10
    • Ch. 20-21 InQuizitive due by the end of class on Sept 12,1:00 PM
    • Ch. 20-21 In class exam Sept 14
  1. Due Sept 7:
    • Workbook 21.4
  2. Due Sept 14
    • Go to Canvas/Assignments and take the exam Chapters 20-21.  Follow the directions below and on the exam.  You may take the exam anywhere.  You must start it at the beginning of class on September 14 at 11:30 am sharp.
    • All answers are to be carefully notated on staff paper. Place your name at the top of the page.  Upon completion of the test  make a scan of the entire test and email it to:  Do this within 1 hr. of taking the test.  The email will serve as a date/time stamp to confirm when the exam was submitted.  Keep your original exam and bring to class on the following Tuesday,.  Over the weekend, review your exam.  Write the entire exam out again on a second sheet of paper.  Make any corrections you which on the re-written exam.  Do not change the first exam in any way.  Once the second exam is finished write notes/comments that explain in differences between the first exam and the second exam.  Be prepared to turn in both pages on Tuesday following the exam.  Submission of both pages completed constitute the completion of the exam.  You are on the honor system to do all work independently.  You may consult the textbook for any work you wish.  You may not talk to or consult with any other student about the exam.
  3. Due Sept 19
    • Read Chapter 22, Complete all TryIt Exercises, Define all vocabulary at the end of the chapter, Answer all questions at the end of the chapter.  Bring your answers to class for a class discussion.
  4. Due Sept 21
    • Chapter 22 pp. 257-261-all problems in the Workbook
  5. Due Sept 26
    • Chapter 22  All problems.  It is a good idea to work with a classmate and to stop in for a SI check.  SI has an answer key.

Due Sept 28

  • Compose a work that modulates and uses the techniques presented in class.  Use closely related keys, modulate and return to the first key.
  • Use Finale
  • For the 28th present 1.5 hrs of work on your composition.  Final version is due next Tuesday.

Due Oct 3-allow over two hours to complete-

  • Complete/correct the Sept 28 Assignment.  Submit to Dropbox.  Change your title to indicate it is the Finale version.  i.e. “Skeirik.FinalModulation.10.3.17.musx”
  • Read Chapter 23 in the textbook.  Chapter 23 Workbook Assignments are below, do your assigned section. Present your section from the front of the class. Know the section of the textbook chapter that relates to your exercise.  Be able to refer to the textbook as needed.  See SI for assistance if needed.
    • Rianna:  23.1 A Mm 1-12 discuss with Bryan what is the form
    • Bryan:  23.1 A Mm 13-end
    • Josh:  23.1 B Mm. 1-12  discuss with Mary Kate what is the form
    • Mary Kate:  23.1 B 13-end
    •  Natalie:  23.2  Mm 1-12  discuss with Amelia what is the form
    • Amelia:  23.2 Mm 13-end
    • Violet:  23.3 I A complete and explain Monte, see page 480
    • Emma:  23.3 I B  complete and explain  the sequence ( see Brianna if you need help)
    • Abby:  23.4 A  Mm 1-12  Discuss with Kyle what is the form
    • Kyle:  23.4 A Mm 13-end
    • Maria:  Explain Fonte,  Ponte  see text and review with Brianna, see p. 480

Due Oct 10

  • Finish in class presentations. See above.
  • Compose a short rounded binary work for piano.  Model it on the examples  in chapter 23.  Turn it in to Dropbox.  Use a modulation to a closely related key in the B section amber the repeat sign.  Use progressions.  Use monte, or fonte, or ponte, use cadence every 4 bars.  Use a motive. Keep it simple, write in two parts.  Use arpeggiation.  Be sure to steal ideas from other composers!  Do not write in the key of C major or A minor.  Use rests and select a motive that is used frequently in the work.  Add dynamics, slurs, staccato etc.  Limit is 24 measures.
  • Submit to Dropbox.

Due Oct 12:  Read Chapter 24, make a list of terms with definitions, you will need this later. Workbook pp. 281-284. Download Bach Inventions 1, 3, 4, 6 and 8.  Here is a free website:   Print the pdf scores out and bring the music to class.  We will analyze the music in class.

Due Oct 17:  Analyze Bach Inventions 3, 4,  6 and 8.  You work as a team, in pairs or individually.  Apply all the terms necessary as found in the glossary to Ch 24 and as used in class.


  • Note key.
  • Note closely related keys.
  • Find sequences, main cadences
  •                Label all parts

Due Oct 19:

  •  Complete your assigned summary evaluation of the previously assigned Binary compositions.  The  assignment list and the evaluation from are in Dropbox/Binary (Microsoft Word Document).  Each assigned person is to download the form, rename it, complete the evaluation form and upload it to the Binary Folder on Dropbox. You will present your evaluation to the class both electronically and as a short presentation along with the other evaluator.
  • Select one of the Bach Inventions that we have not analyzed in class.  Prepare and submit a draft (80% complete) analysis of the Invention that you select.  Include the following:
    • in score brackets and descriptions of the parts of the Invention, key and cadence and modulation analysis under the staff,
    • a simple but complete chart with measure numbers that includes all of the parts,
    • a one paragraph (1/2 page) discussion of what makes the Invention cohere.

Due Oct. 24:  Analyze two Bach Fugues. One in Dropbox/Fugues.The Fugue in dropbox is fully analyzed with substantial instruction. The other fugue is a download  Scroll down on this website to Well Tempered Clavier I and Download the Prelude and Fugue V.  Only analyze the Fugue.   Use  model as a guide on how to analyze the D major Fugue you downloaded, it will be different in many regards, do the best you can.  We will do a full in-class analysis of both fugues.  Allow 2 plus hours.  Note:  In the future, I will generally give all heavier assignments on Thursday.


Assignments for Thursday and Tuesday October 26 and October 31 aUpload  to Dropbox/Invention the Invention Analysis, paragraph and Chart if it was nt turned in to the professor.Be sure your Binary form with modulation Critique has been uploaded to Dropbox/Modulation,  We will finish presenting these probably next Tuesday.

Bring Fugue Analysis to class  on Thursday.

Due Oct 31  Ch. 23-24 Inquizitive, Read Ch 26 and Workbook Ch. 26 first 4 pages only

Due Nov 2  Ch. 26- be sure to have read all.  Workbook first 6 pages-complete.

Due Nov 7

  • Workbook Ch. 26 Inquizative-Complete by Monday night  Nov. 6, 11:59pm.
  • Complete all Ch. 26 Workbook pages.
  • Memorize the two progression presented on N6 and Aug6 chords at the end of last class.  Be able to write these out from memory at the board during class.
  • Ch 27  Read all
  • Ch 27 Workbook Complete first two pages.

Due No 9  Workbook Ch27-first four pages, know all simple model progressions presented in class.

Due Nov 12, 11:59 pm  Respond to the blog on women composers.  Graded reply.

Due Nov 13, 11:59 pm InQuizitive for Chapter 27

Due Nov 14, Tuesday at the beginning of class:

  • Write for short etudes  each 4 to 8 bars long using the model progression you have been learning.  Write examples of Mixture, Neapolitan Sixth Chord, Augmented Sixth Chords and Change of Mode.  Make each example in a different key.  Turn in a paper copy either printed from Finale or neatly hand written.  Use non-harmonic tones, feel free to use arpeggiation and rests to make the music more interesting.  Instrumentation/voice is up to you.
  • Chapter 27 first six pages of the Workbook

Nov 16 – No Class- Required Composition Session in place of class.  Interview and start composition. Interview on :  Range- Voice type, passage, focus on vowel and on accentuation of the language- relative  to meter and rhythm, text and text painting.

Select a text and set it per the “master” progression presented in lecture.  You may vary from the progression but you must include the fundamental elements.  Due Nov. 21.

Composer- Singer

  • Brian-Rianna
  • Violet-Josh
  • Mary Kate-Natalie
  • Abby-Mary Kate
  • Amelia-Maria
  • Natalie-Kyle
  • Josh-Violet
  • Rianna-Emma
  • Emma-Rianna
  • Maria-Violet
  • Kyle-Mary Kate

Due By Nov. 28

  • Complete- every problem-Chapters 26-27 Workbook .
  • Reply to one other student reply on the blog assigned above.  If someone has already replied to an entry then find an entry that has not had a  reply.  Seek out something substantive to say/contribute,  i.e., add new information, a video link to another similar or different composer, an insight not mentioned yet or  an idea for future investigation.
  • Make sure all compositions have been submitted

Due Nov. 30

  • p. 330 A and B ( Nos. 2 and 6)
  • p. 334 Mozart
  • In Finale introduce write and resolve  in SATB format the following chords- 3-4 chords each
    • D minor:  N6
    • B minor  Fr6
    • C major  iv6
    • G Major  deceptive cadence to bVI
    • Eb minor  It6
    • G Major  Ger6 (correct spelling and resolution-copy from book if you need to)
    • D Major  N6 to vii042/V6
    • Pivot chord modulation from E minor to C major
    • Place all into Dropbox/Chords
    • Each person will present one of these in class.
  • Workbook p. 359- model on p. 619 in textbook
  • Due Dec 5-Chapter 29 content was covered in lecture, Chapter 30 was not covered in lecture.
    • Read Chapter 29
    • Learn all chord symbols
    • Spell chords from chord symbols
    • Identify chords with chord symbols
    • Understand chord spacing for extended harmony
    • Understand chord inversion rules for extended harmony
    • Understand hot notes
    • Understand leaving the 3rd out of the 11th chord
    • Understand the terms ambiguity as it relates to harmony and the differences between triadic music and tonal music.
    • Learn the Blues Scale, be able to write it starting on any tone
    • Be able to Analyze functional music that contains extended harmonies
    • Workbook 29.2 and 29.3 complete.
    • Chapter 30- read
    • Workbook Chapter 30.1, 30.3 and 30.5 complete for class
    • Make sure your progression are submitted to Dropbox (seed above)
  • For Thursday:  make a list of the techniques discussed in Chapter 30. 




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