Music Theory III with Paul Dell Aquila • Semester Topics

Assigned Reading, Homework Schedule, and Class Agenda

University of Louisville Music 241 Semester Topics

Tonal Structure and Review of Analytical Symbols


Diatonic Chords of the Major and Minor Modes Review
Roman Numerals, Chord Symbols, and Figured Bass Review
Basic Harmonic Progressions (The Phrase Model)
Harmonic Contextual Analysis
Harmonic Expansion: Prolongation and Elaboration

Aural Skills Strategies and Techniques

Interval Recognition Strategies and Techniques
Chord Recognition Strategies and Techniques
Sight Singing Strategies and Techniques

Secondary Dominant Chords

Nonessential and Essential Chromaticism
Non-Chord Tones (NCTs) Review
Part Writing Seventh Chords Review
Writing and Analyzing Secondary Dominant Chords

Secondary Leading-Tone Chords

Part Writing Leading-Tone Chords Review
Writing and Analyzing Secondary Leading-Tone Chords
Principles of Voice Leading Review

Common-Chord Modulation

Tonicization and Modulation
Key Relationships
Writing and Analyzing Common-Chord Modulations


Other Modulatory Techniques

Using Secondary Functions for Modulation
Sequential Modulation
Common-Tone Modulation
Chromatic Mediant Relationships
Monophonic Modulation
Direct Modulation

Binary and Ternary Forms

Binary Form (Simple, Balanced, and Rounded)
Simple and Composite Ternary Forms

Popular-Song Forms and Other Formal Designs

12-Bar Blues
AABA Popular-Song Form

The Neapolitan Chord

Conventional Use of the Neapolitan Chord

Modal Mixture

Borrowing from the Major for Use in Minor
Borrowing from the Minor for Use in Major
Using Mode Mixture Chords in Modulations


Augmented Sixth Chords

The Interval of the Augmented Sixth
Italian, French, and German Augmented Sixth Chords
Notating Augmented Sixth Chords
Other Uses, Types, and Resolutions of Augmented Sixth Chords

Larger Formal Designs

Sonata Form Movements (Sonata Principle)
The Rondo

Music Composition Techniques

Composing in the Classical Style

Assigned Reading, Homework Schedule, and Class Agenda

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