MUS-139: Music Theory 2

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Music Theory 2
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Covers triads in inversion, phrase and cadences, harmonic progressions, and four-part harmonization including voice leading. Recommended to be taken in conjunction with MUS 142, Aural Music Skills 2.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

This second semester level of music theory adds to the theoretical knowledge and raises the level of musicianship. The goal of this course is to enable students to handle more complex materials, including the analysis of triads, phrase structure, harmonic progressions, voice leading, and four part harmonization.

Core Course Topics
  1. Music Theory Review (MUS 138).
  2. Melodic sources in major and minor keys.
  3. Harmonic sources in major and minor keys.
  4. Four-part voicing of chords (SATB).
  5. Figured bass.
  6. Cadences.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Identify the melodic and harmonic sources within the major and minor keys.
  • Construct major and minor scales.
  • Construct appropriate chords and their quality.
  • Voice chords in SATB according to a given figured bass.
  • Identify and construct cadences in a given context.
  • Correlate all written theory with the co-requisite Aural Music Skills 2 (MUS 142) course.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Homework assignments
  • Written quizzes, tests

Harmonic Materials in Tonal Music, Part 1, by Harder, P. & Steinke, G., Chapters 1-7

Allyn and Bacon/Longman Publishers


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
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Effective Term
Winter 2015