Music Theory III

Brahms:  “10% inspiration, 90% perspiration.”


  1. Due August 23:  Read Chapter 20, Complete the first two odd numbered pages in the Workbook.
  2. Due August 30:
  3. Due September 1:
    • Workbook pp. 237-239.
    • Write a reply to four different Blog Comments posted by your peers on this website.
  4. Due September 8:
    • Using Finale Introduce, Write and Resolve the following three chord progressions, include key and Roman numeral analysis:
      • A minor:  viio6/V
      • G major:  V43/V
      • Ab major:  V42/ii
      • F# minor:  viio65/iv
    • Workbook p. 243- Write out all harmony and analysis.
  5. Due September 12 at 11:59 p.m.:
    • Using Finale Introduce, Write and Resolve the following three chord progressions, include key and Roman numeral analysis. Submit as a pdf  ( one page-well spaced out for each example) to OneDrive/Theory III
      • B minor:  viio42/V
      • C major:  V65/V
      • Gb major:  V42/ii
      • E minor:  viio65/iv
  6. Due September 15
    • Workbook p. 247
    • Read Chapter 22, Workbook:  first two pages in Ch. 22
  7. Due Tuesday in class:
    • Reworked Secondary Function Assignment (changed due date and submission from email)
    • Reworked p. 247 in the workbook in the key of Bb Major
    • Chapter 22 Workbook pp.251 – 254 all
  8. Due September 22:
    • pp. 253-254, Workbook Ch. 22
    • Write out two harmonic sketches for  modulations between closely related keys
      • major to major keys
      • minor to minor keys
      • include a proper chordal analysis and closely related tree chart for each sketch
      • prepare for discussion at the keyboard with the instructor
  9. Due September 25:
    • Enter a comment on the Arvo Pårt blog after listening to the music and developing your ideas for the comment
  10. Due September 27:
    • Write a short melody of 4 phrases with a cadence at the end of each phrase.  Modulate to a closely related key by the third phrase.  Conclude the 4th phrase in the closely related key.  Provide melody and piano style accompaniment.  The melody should demonstrate motivic coherence like the example in class.  Provide key and Roman numeral analysis.  Make it interesting in terms of you harmonic choices. Submit your work to OneDrive/Theory III/Modulation Harmonization Folder.
    • Workbook 22.5 and 22.6
  11. September 29:  Exam on  Chapter 20, 21 and 22.
  12. Due  September 30:
    • Reply to four Arvo Pårt entries
  13. Due October 18-20
    • Read Chapter 23
    • Complete your assigned workbook exercises (two for each person), scan in your completed workbook pages and submit to One/Drive/Chapter 23.The file name must have the “assignment numbers.yourname.pdf.”
      • 23.1 A-Ruthie, 23.1 B Connor, 23.2 Christian H, 23.3 I Christian L,23.3 II Danielle (you may copy from any other Minuet to help, keep it very very simple!) 23.4 A Natalie 23.5 Ryan, 23.6 Alex
      • Turn in a finished hard copy of the Assignment to the instructor on Oct. 25 in class.
  14. Due October 20/25 Prepare your assigned lecture topic from Chapter 24
    • Read Chapter 24
    •  24.1 A Ruthie, real answer & 24.2 Connor, tonal answer & 24.2 Christian H, 24.3 I Christian L, 24.3  Danielle,  Parts of a Fugue  Natalie 24.4 A  and Ryan 24.4 B 24.5 A and B Alex (if necessary copy the example into Finale and answer the question on the Finale File.  Submit your work to OneDrive in order to share it with the class.
  15. Due October 27:  Write an entry per the prompt for the blog:  “What’s in a prize?”  What’s in a prize? The Pulitzer Prize for Music?
  16. Due November 1:
    1. Read Chapter 25.  Complete  pp. 289, 290, 291 and 293 in the Workbook.
    2. Turn in Ch. 24 assignment on paper- photocopy is fine.
  17. Due  November 6:  4 comments to What’s in a prize? The Pulitzer Prize for Music?
  18. Due Nov 3:  Chapter 25:  pp. 289, 290, 291 and 293 in the Workbook. Plus individual assignments:  Ruthie- p. 294, III; Alex –  p. 295, 25.4A ; Connor p. 297, 25.5 I, A; Christian L  297, 25.5 B; Danielle- p. 297 25.5 I C; Christian Hall – 293 25.3 II A; Ryan – 294, 25.3 II B; Natalie – 25.4  A and 25.2 I
  19. Due Nov. 8/10:  Read Chapter 26, Workbook  odd pages. Be sure  to do the Aug6 Workbook pages for 11/10.
  20. Due Nov. 15:  Chapter 26 All pages for a grade.
  21. Due Nov. 15:  [In place of Chapter 28 in the textbook.] Read the entire article on Popular Chord Symbols. Lead the class in a discussion of your assigned sections. See the table of contents at the web site to ID your part of the assignment as listed below.
      • Ruth: 1-3
      • Alex:  4-6
      • Christian L:  7-9
      • Connor:  10-12
      • Christian: 13-15
      • Danielle:16-18
      • Natalie: 19-20
      • Ryan:  Find another website that discusses popular music chord progressions and present a summary. Bring up the link during your in class presentation.
    • Quiz on N6 and Aug 6 chords:  write the progressions.
  22. Present your Pop Music section to the Class; Bring in a text and sketch for an Art Song per the lecture assignment requirements.
  23. Due Tuesday Nov 22 by the end of class time:
    1. Write a one page paper on:
      1. Common-Tone Diminished Seventh Chords and
      2. Common-Tone Augmented-Sixth Chord
      3. Include simple illustrations of these chords
      4. Include two sources for your paper-the textbook (p.609) and one other source.
      5. Submit  a pdf of your paper to OneDrive by the end of class time on Nov. 22. OneDrive/Music Theory III/Chapter 29.
      6. Utilize SI for clarification as needed.
  24. Due Thursday Dec 1:
    1. Workbook p. 345-348
    2. Using the three chord formulas below set the following text for vibraphone, clarinet in Bb and voice.  Use Finale.  Save your document to OneDrive/CT and CM Chords.  Present your work in class.  Set the same text each time.  Keep the vocal melody simple.  Let the clarinet take an inner line below the voice or a descant above the voice.  Text   “… to heal a broken world…”(taken from the Jesuit document   Healing a Broken World). This Jesuit document (summary) was the foundation document for  Pope Francis’s Laudato si.  Assignment:
      1. Take 10 minutes and review the three links above, gather your impressions and thoughts as they relate to the text
      2. Review the list of keys and progressions and decide which of your ideas/interpretations of the text given the readings will work with which key and progression.
      3. Test out the progressions at the keyboard before writing.
      4. Decide how to set the melody and the role of the accompaniments.
      5. Make each setting different in accompaniment/texture and melody.
      6. Adjust the melody each time to change the affect of the music.
        • B minor:  Tonic- CT Aug6 – Tonic
        • A Major:  Dominant – CT07 – Dominant
        • G Major:  I – V+7 – I
        • Bb Major  I – Chromatic Mediant – I
        • F Minor  i – Chromatic Sub-mediant – i
  25. Due Friday Dec.2 by 5:00 pm.  Corrected “Healing a Broken World”  Assignment.Submit a pdf and musx  with a title that includes date/name/project  to OneDrive.  Delete your old version.
  26. Due Tuesday Dec. 6
    1. Read Chapter 30- Complete all Try It Exercises
    2. Required:  An extensive sketch of your song per the in-lecture requirements listed on the board.
  27. Due Dec 9, Friday:  Reply to the Caroline Shaw blog.  Follow the prompt, view the websites, utilize the vocabulary in your textbook.
  28. Due  Dec 13 Monday by 11:59pm:  Post four comments to replies on the Caroline Shaw blog.
  29. See the university schedule for the date/time of the Final Exam.
  30. Be sure to complete your blog, 4 blog replies, your composition.
  31. Complete Workbook pp. 350 and 352.

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