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Music Theory B

Course Description

Music Theory B will expand on the skills you learned in Music Theory A to explore rhythms, chords, scales, key signatures, time signatures, pitch notations, ear training, and music formats to create an original piece of musical composition.

Course Organization

Modules. The Modules are practice assignments. Each Module is a non-graded exercise that allows you to build your knowledge and identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Graded Assignments. Graded Assignments are the tasks you will submit to your instructor for a grade. Each assignment contains specific information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. The average of your assignments will count for 75 percent of your course grade.

Course Objectives

Upon completing of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand scales, chords, and chord progressions;
  • understand cadences and hear examples;
  • hear and identify musical forms;
  • identify the elements of song construction;
  • understand how melodies are composed;
  • understand harmonic construction; and
  • create an original composition.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.
Format: Objective
Time Allowed: 3 hours

Course Outline

Total Number of Units: 6
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 23

Unit 1: Advanced Scales
Graded Assignment 1
Graded Assignment 2
Graded Assignment 3

Unit 2: Chords
Graded Assignment 1
Graded Assignment 2
Graded Assignment 3
Graded Assignment 4
Graded Assignment 5

Unit 3: Ear Training
Graded Assignment 1
Graded Assignment 2
Graded Assignment 3

Unit 4: Introduction to Composition
Graded Assignment 1
Graded Assignment 2
Graded Assignment 3
Graded Assignment 4
Graded Assignment 5

Unit 5: Building a Composition
Graded Assignment 1
Graded Assignment 2
Graded Assignment 3
Graded Assignment 4
Graded Assignment 5
Graded Assignment 6

Unit 6: Final Project
Graded Assignment 1

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