MUS-238: Music Theory 3

Liberal Arts
Fine & Performing Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Music Theory 3
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 secondary dominants and borrowed chords, the use of the Neapolitan sixth, advanced modulation techniques, and how to identify non-chord tones.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Review of secondary dominants and chords borrowed from the parallel minor.
  2. Intense study of typical and atypical usage of N6 chord.
  3. Study of typical and atypical use of Aug 6 chords.
  4. Correct application of ninth, eleventh, and thirteenth chords, including jazz voicing.
  5. Study of altered dominants and chromatic mediants.
  6. Analysis and original composition.
  7. A complete study of chord progression.
  8. Coordination of all tonal part writing procedures.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Consolidate use of secondary dominants and borrowed chords.
  • Practice the use of the Neapolitan sixth.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of advanced modulation techniques.
  • Identify non-chord tones.
  • Interpret chord progressions including diatonic, chromatic, and thirds progressions.*

Assessment and Requirements

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

Harmonic Materials in Tonal Music, Part 2, by Harder, P. & Steinke, G.

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
Other Details

Determined by department

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2014
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Fall 2014