MUS 112 Music Theory II

Joe Hickman, Instructor




Office: KE-115, 962-3588 or Alderman 120, 962-7104 (I usually prefer to have you call Alderman and IÕll come over and meet you at KE-115.)


Office hours: MWF 8 – 9; Tues. 9 – 11 a.m.; afternoons by appointment

Note: because of my work in Academic Affairs, I may occasionally be tied up in a meeting or other obligation over which I have little control. Please be patient.


Textbook: Stefan Kostka and Dorothy Payne, Tonal Harmony, 5th edition and Workbook for Tonal Harmony. McGraw Hill Publishing Co.


This course is the second of a sequence of 4 basic music theory classes required of all music majors and the second of  two required of music minors. It begins with part-writing in 3- and 4-part textures, principles of part-writing, chord progressions, basic analysis, use of chord inversions, and eventually seventh chords. It is designed to prepare the student for the study of chromatic harmonic in the subsequent semester.


There is a co-requisite course in ear training and it is hoped that the material covered in this course supports that study as well.


Evaluation will be based on the results of class participation and daily assignments (one grade for the semester) and 6 tests including the final. Implied in the daily grade is the presumption of regular attendance and punctual arrival for the beginning of class. The lowest grade (other than the final) will be dropped and the average of the remaining 6 will be used to determine your grade. The final will neither be weighted nor dropped. Grading scale:


93 – 100 = A                           80 – 82 = B-                   68 – 69 = D+

90 – 92 = A-                           78 – 79 = C+                  63 – 67 = D

88 – 89 = B+                           73 – 78 = C                    60 – 62 = D-

83 – 87 = B                             70 – 72 = C-                   below 60 = F


Academic Honor Code

 The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is committed to the proposition that the pursuit of truth requires the presence of honesty among all involved. It is therefore this institution's stated policy that no form of dishonesty among its faculty or students will be tolerated. Although all members of the university community are encouraged to report occurrences of dishonesty, honesty is principally the responsibility of each individual. Academic dishonesty takes many forms, from blatant acts of cheating, stealing or similar misdeeds to the more subtle forms of plagiarism, all of which are totally out of place in an institution of higher learning. Reporting and adjudication procedures have been developed to enforce the policy of academic integrity, to ensure justice, and to protect individual rights. Complete details may be found in the current Student Handbook, Code of Student Life.


Wireless Telephones

Only in the case of extreme emergency (and previous arrangement with the instructor) is it appropriate to use a cell phone during class. The use of a cell phone during an exam will be considered cheating and dealt with under the terms of the honor code listed above.


Course Outline


Unit 1: Review basic part-writing principles (Chapter 6) and continue with part-writing (Chapter 7). 5 sessions. Test – end of January.


Unit 2: 1st Inversion Chords (Chapter 8), 2nd Inversion Chords (Chapter 9). Test – mid February. 5 sessions.


Unit 3: Cadences, phrases, periods, etc. – Chapter 10. Test – 1st week of March (before break). 4-5 sessions.


Unit 4: Non-chord tones, etc. Chapter 11-12. 2nd – 3rd weeks of March. Test last week of March.


Unit 5: Diatonic 7th chords. Chapter 13-14 test mid-April.


Unit 6:  Chapter 15 test is the final.


The material of the class is accumulative in nature (e.g. part writing principles of Unit 1 are critical to the success of part-writing examples in Unit 2, etc.)