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Student Learning Outcomes

Course Name: Music Theory I
Course Number: MUS 120
Course Objectives:
  • MUS 3A students will be able to analyze a diatonic chorale phrase for harmony and non-chord tones.
  • MUS 3A students will be able to realize a diatonic figured bass and analyze its figures for harmony (using Roman numerals). This figured bass may include figures for diatonic triads in any inversion and figures for the dominant seventh chord in any inversion.
  • Locate deviations from normative chord syntax in major and minor chord progressions.
  • Locate and identify contrapuntal errors, voicing errors and line errors in part writing.
  • Realize, in four-part keyboard and SATB style, diatonic figured basses employing the figures 5/3, 6/3, 6/4, 7 and their common variants.
  • Harmonize in four-part keyboard and SATB style a diatonic melody using diatonic triads in any acceptable inversion and the dominant seventh in root position.
  • Compose music in four-part keyboard and SATB style from Roman numerals, outer voices with Roman numerals, basses with Roman numerals, sopranos with Roman numerals and unfigured outer voices.
  • Analyze a diatonic figured bass for harmony using Roman numerals and bass position figures.
  • Analyze, using Roman numerals and bass position figures, diatonic passages from Bach-style chorales employing passing tones, neighbor tones and suspensions.
  • Embellish four-part writing with passing tones, neighbor tones and single suspensions.
  • Locate and classify passing tones, neighbor tones and suspensions in diatonic music employing a chorale texture.