Music Theory II

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Music Theory II is for advanced junior and senior students who are considering studying music in college.  This course will develop concepts learned in Theory I and apply those to compositions in 3 and 4 parts in the classical, or tonal style.  The class focuses on voice leading and part writing concepts, melody writing, form, and the roles of non-chord tones in composition.  Furthermore, Theory II students develop their aural skills through regular melodic and harmonic dictation exercises.   Students will complete several chapters of a college-level music theory text, and will apply their knowledge in four composition projects throughout the course.
All Theory students also participate in the annual Music Theory Symposium concert at the end of the course in which students perform and share their original compositions with the student body, teachers, parents, and the community.

Course Objectives:

1.) Students will demonstrate how to create an artful melody.
2.) Students will learn to write and identify alternative scales such as the church modes, blues scale, chromatic scale, and the pentatonic scale.
3.) Students will learn how to transpose music for all standard orchestral instruments and to accommodate range.
4.) Students will become familiar with the facets of root-position and inverted triad part-writing and demonstrate the ability to compose music in 3 and 4 parts.
5.) Students will learn about tonal harmonic progression.
6.) Students will learn about all standard types of non-chord tones.
7.) Students will develop knowledge about basic musical microstructure including phrases, cadences, and periods.
8.) Students will complete 4 original composition projects.

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