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Music Theory: Foundations 2 – UC APPROVED
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Music Theory: Foundations 2 is a continuation of Music Theory: Foundations 1 that furthers students’ understanding of music, better enabling them to communicate with other musicians. Students learn more about the function of keys, scales, and chords. They utilize ear training for intervals and chords, giving students the tools to better identify and transcribe what they hear when listening to music. Students test their comprehension of theoretical topics through practical music theory and listening assignments. Students will be taken through minor scale construction up through seventh chords (and their inversions), harmonic rhythm, and popular chord progressions.
SUGGESTED PREREQUISITE: Music Theory: Basics 1, Music Theory: Basics 2, Music Theory: Foundations 1
Lesson 1: Compound Intervals
- Why do we have compound intervals?
- Simple vs. compound intervals
- Labeling compound intervals
- References for simple and compound intervals
- Ear training
Lesson 2: Triads
- What is a triad?
- Major triads
- Minor triads
- Augmented triads
- Diminished triads
- Ear training
Lesson 3: Seventh Chords
- What is a seventh chord?
- Major seventh chords
- Dominant seventh chords
- Minor seventh chords
- Half diminished seventh chords
- Diminished seventh chords
Lesson 4: Triad and Seventh Chord Inversion
- What are triad inversions?
- Root position triads
- First inversion triads
- Second inversion triads
- What are seventh chord inversions?
- First, second, and third inversion seventh chords
Lesson 5: Harmonic Rhythm and Syncopation
- What is harmonic rhythm?
- Musical examples of harmonic rhythm
- What is syncopation?
- Examples of syncopation
- Performance Review
- Reliable access to a computer and internet
- Pencil and notebook paper (will need to print PDFs in course)
- Strongly suggested: instrument in working condition
- Course Materials: musictheory.net (no cost)