Harmony III


MUS 221, Sections 1 and 2   (3 hours credit)     8:00 and 9:35 a.m. TTh

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Harmony II, Sightsinging and Dictation II and Class Piano II or equivalent courses.

NATURE OF COURSE: Harmony III is a detailed study of chromatic process and is part of a sequence of theory courses required of all music majors. This course prepares students for advanced courses such as analysis, counterpoint, composition, arranging and orchestration, conducting, twentieth century theory and literature, literature studies, and rehearsal techniques.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course emphasizes writing, hearing, interpretation, criticism and analysis of chroma rich music.

OBJECTIVES: Students learn how and why chromatic process is used in music literature. Specific goals are to

  1. further develop ability to write in homophonic texture (four-part choral texture and accompanied melody).
  2. analyze and write chromatic harmonies and non-chord tones using figured bass notation,
  3. analyze and write altered chords, modulations,
  4. relate chromatic process to the score as a whole (noting the effect of the chromatic passage in the overall structure)
  5. relate the skills and knowledge gained in this course to music making (i.e. composing, performing, interpreting, rehearsal techniques) and music criticism,
  6. relate the skills and knowledge gained in this course to musicianship (i.e. reading, hearing, learning and memorizing scores).

APPROACH: Course objectives will be met through analysis of examples and scores, music writing, performance, criticism, and listening to selected recordings. Each student will develop a semester project based on the theme of chromatic process. Performance related analysis demonstrations or original compositions are always appropriate. Projects will be presented at mid-term and the last two weeks of the semester as per the assignment schedule. A specification sheet is included in the text (see Appendix G), this syllabus and on the web (http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~krr2).

TEXT: Introduction to Musical Design, Volume 2, K. R. Rumery, Wm C. Brown (Dubuque)

MATERIALS: Music manuscript paper and 2B pencils

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Kenneth Rumery, Office: CCA165, Phone: 3-3850,
Homepage: http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~krr2, E-mail: Kenneth.Rumery@nau.edu.


  1. Follow the weekly assignment schedule included in this syllabus.
  2. Complete reading and assignments on schedule.
  3. Use the "self-help" exercises to review and reinforce ideas presented in each chapter.
  4. Take an active part in your student team.
  5. Study and perform the examples when reading the text.
  6. Listen to the works selected from chapter listening lists. Follow their scores while listening.
  7. Use CMC to prepare all music examples and exercises. Use it to access the WEB for course updates, "Composers Tools," general browsing in support of this course and to send e-mail to the instructor and fellow team members.


(also see the detailed day-by-day schedule)

Week -- Assignment (Chapter tests on Thursdays)
  1. Chapter 2: Diatonic Modulation [8/27 and 29]
  2. Chapter 2 continued (chapter test) [9/3 and 5]
  3. Chapter 3: Chromatic nonchord tones, secondary dominants [9/10 and 12]
  4. Chapter 3 continued (chapter test) [9/17 and 19]
  5. Chapter 4: Altered Chords, mutation [9/24 and 26]
  6. Chapter 4 continued (chapter test) [10/1 and 3]
  7. Chapter 4: (chapter test), Chapter 5: [10/8 and 10]
  8. Chapter 5 continued [10/15 and 17]
    Start the Web Orientation Quiz
  9. Chapter 5: Altered Chords, extension of secondary dominant principle [10/22, no class 10/24]
  10. Chapter 5 review, (chapter test) [10/29 and 31]
  11. Chapter 6: Chromatic Modulation [11/5 and7]
  12. Chapter 6 continued [11/12 and 14]
    Complete the Web Orientation Quiz by 11/12.
  13. Chapter 6 review, (chapter test) [11/19 and 21]
  14. Chapter 7: Case Studies in Chromaticism [11/26, no class 11/27]
  15. Chapter 7: Case Studies in Chromaticism and review [12/3 and 5]
Exam Week
0800 class: Final Exam 0730 Monday 12/9
0935 class: Final Exam 0730 Tuesday 12/10

Team Assignments

Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7

GRADING: The grade is a percentage of points earned on chapter tests, a semester project and team evaluations. Letter grades are assigned as follows; A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60 - 69%, F = less than 60%.

COURSE FEE: : A computer acess fee of $25.00 per semester is attached as a course fee to Ear Training (Mus 131, 132, 231, 232), Analysis (Mus 303) and Composition (Mus 215, 415, 615). This is a one-time fee so if you are charged twice, see Kevin Smith, CMC manager, to arrange for a refund. The fee gives you full access to CMC for a semester.


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