MUST 112 Fall 15

Music Theory II Fall 2015

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12/3/15  Final Exam on Thursday and Tell Me What You Think

I hope today’s review class for the the final exam was helpful, and I hope you enjoyed our semester together.

Share Your Thoughts

I enjoyed working with you all. If you have any thoughts you would like to share with me about your experience with this class (positive, negative, neutral), please follow this link to a google form. You can submit anonymously, if you like.

Final Exam Info

  • Thursday 12/10 11:30am-2:00pm in our usual classroom, 313.
  • The exam is cumulative: you have to know and be able to do most of everything we’ve done throughout the semester.
  • It is longer: 4 pages instead of 3, but you have 2 1/2 hours to complete. It shouldn’t take most of you anywhere close to that long, but you have the whole time if you want it.
  • On the test:
    • Long Part Writing with all three-six four chords, seventh chords, and given roman numerals. Add key signature and part write.
    • 2 chord part writing.
      • V7-I(i) complete to complete, complete to incomplete, incomplete to complete
    • Cadence part writing like on Test 2.
      • add key signature (and roman numerals), then part write given cadence with given soprano scale degrees.
    • Long figured bass part writing with secondary dominants and seventh chords.
    • Part write 2 specified harmonic sequences.
      • 1 Descending Circle of Fifths
      • 1 Descending Thirds
    • Long Chopin waltz analysis (20 measures).
      • Key and Roman numerals
      • questions on specific six-four chord type and cadences.
    • A few bonus questions.
Good luck on all of your finals.
See you on Wednesday!

11/19/15 Secondary Dominants Continued

I hope our work today on secondary dominants was helpful. I assigned homework due next class (Tuesday 11/24). The homework is workbook pp. 143-44 Exercises 2, 3, and 4. In Exercise 4, the first figured bass symbol in m. 3 should be 6/4.

During class on Tuesday, we will go over the homework, have a part writing quiz on secondary dominants and review for Test No. 3.

Test No. 3 is on Tuesday 12/1. (Remember that we don’t have class on Thanksgiving.) The test is over Chapters 16 and 17 (Harmonic Sequences and Secondary Dominants V7/V and V7/IV(iv)). Here’s what you need to be able to do for the test.

  • Page 1
    • Part Write three different harmonic sequences from directions. Make sure you have the progressions for descending circle of fifths and descending thirds memorized. You have to add key signatures.
  • Page 2:
    • Two short analyses with Roman numerals of music excerpts in keyboard texture.
    • Then describe both harmonic sequences used in the musical excerpts.
  • Page 3
    • Part write two chord progressions of secondary dominants and their resolutions.
    • Then a longer part writing with figured bass: analyze with Roman numerals and part write with secondary dominants.
    • Short questions where you give the solfege for secondary dominants (V7/V and V7/IV).
Let me know if you have any questions.
See you on Tuesday!

11/17/15 Secondary Dominants

I hope you enjoyed looking at the introduction to Beethoven’s First Symphony in class today.

Please read either one of the following

  • Secondary Dominants on my website (Let me know if the page is acting weird. My web editor is doing some strange stuff on me.)
  • Chapter 17 in your textbook (Secondary Dominants I)
If you would like to watch my in-depth videos, etc., please note that these are the first ones I made and you can disregard any time sensitive stuff I mention (quiz, for example.) You will have a normal in class quiz next Tuesday where you part write these chords (not an online quiz mentioned in the videos), and I didn’t make a video part writing inversions, which you need to know how to do.

In class on Thursday, we will practice multiple part writing possibilities together and you will work on the homework due Tuesday. Tuesday will have a quiz on part writing secondary dominants and review for Test No. 3. Test No. 3 is on Tuesday 12/1.

See you on Thursday!

11/12/15 Harmonic Sequences HW due Tuesday

I enjoyed listening to your projects and discussing music with you today. The book I mentioned in class about the way current pop music is made is The Song Machine by John Seabrook.

Remember that the Harmonic Sequences homework is due on Tuesday (11/17). We will go over it at the beginning of class and then spend the rest of class time starting work on Chapter 17.

See you on Tuesday!


11/10/15 Project Day on Thursday

I hope you enjoyed listening to and talking about Eric Whitacre’s Sleep. You all had wonderful things to say. Here is the recording I played in class. Here’s the version using the original Frost poem.

Remember that the project is due next class. Make sure you put it into Finale in the computer lab. Print it out, write in your analysis, be thorough, and make a sound file of the music to email me or bring to class on a flash drive. Read about layers to make multiple parts happen on one staff.

Let me know if you are having trouble or have any questions.

See you on Thursday!

11/5/15 Harmonic Sequences Stuff

It appears I completely forgot to update our website on Tuesday. Sorry! Anyway, here’s the stuff you need for Chapter 16.

I don’t have anything on my website about Harmonic Sequences yet, so here are the videos, etc. for Chapter 16:

Musical Examples from class on Tuesday:

Today in class we will work on the homework, and I can lecture as needed. Here’s the homework sheet I will pass out today. The homework is not due until Tuesday 11/17.

We will have a quiz on Tuesday to practice part writing sequences. The quiz will include 3 sequences you have to part write like with did in class.

Remember that the project is due a week from today (11/12).
See you in class and on Tuesday!


10/27/15 Test 2 on Thursday

I hope today’s review time for Test 2 on Thursday was helpful.

Here’s a link to the recording of the Chopin Waltz Op. 69, No. 2 that is the practice analysis I passed out.

Here’s what you need to be able to do for the test.

  1. Cadence Part Writing with given Soprano scale degrees.
  2. Long Figured Bass Part Writing with 7th chords. If you need review of figured bass, read this.
  3. Part write 2 chord progressions: viio7 and inversions resolving to tonic.
  4. Part write 3 chord progressions: ii7 V7 I and iiø6/5 V i.
  5. 2 analyses with non-chord tones and cadences. One with waltz texture. Keep an eye out for subtonic (VII) and mediant (III) triads and seventh chords.

Let me know if you have any questions.

See you on Thursday!


10/22/15 Chapter 15 and Preparing for Test 2

Today in class we will work on part writing leading-tone and supertonic seventh chords. The basic idea here is that you need to resolve the seventh of each chord down a step. I will also check your progress on the project again.

There is no homework for this chapter as I want to spend time on the project. But for practice purposes, practice these progressions.

  • viio7 in root position and inversions resolving smooth to a version of i (I).
  • ii7-V7-I (note that one 7th chord here will need to be incomplete)
  • ii65-V-I (also in minor)
  • Also, p. 126 in your workbook. Focus on Exercise 3.
See you today in class. Next time (Thursday 10/27) is a review class, where I will have a practice analysis for you, and you can work on whatever you need. I will also check the project again.

Info for Test 2

  • Part write specific cadences like workbook p. 91-92 Exercise 2.
  • Do a long part writing from figured bass including seventh chords like workbook p. 126 Exercise 3.
  • Part write shorter progressions that include leading-tone and supertonic seventh chords in root position and inversions. Like mentioned above.
  • Two musical excerpts for analysis with Roman numerals, non-chord tones, and cadence types.
See you on Thursday!

10/15/15 Continue with Project, Stuff for Chapter 15

I hope you enjoyed looking at the first prelude from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier today in class. A great place to find beautifully resolved chordal sevenths.

I am pleased with your progress on the composition project. Make sure you continue working on it for Thursday.

Here is the Chapter 15 stuff.

Have a good fall break. Remember that Test No. 2 is on Tuesday, October 29 covering Chapters 10, 14, and 15.

See you on Thursday!

10/13/15 Homework due Thursday and Start Project

Remember that our current homework is due on Thursday (10/15). We will go over it in class, and then move on to stuff for the next chapter.

Today in class I explained some about the Composition Project, which is due on Thursday, Nov 12. Built into the project this time is regular feedback from me on how it is going. So please make sure you stay current on the project as it goes. This will ensure your success.

Use my example as a guide. Note that I have mixed SATB and keyboard style, but the voice leading should be good. (I wrote a little piece I thought you should be able to do, and then made a list of steps for you to create something similar.) I will look at your progress every class day between now and when it is due.

I hope everyone enjoyed figuring out common pop/rock chord progressions involving vi in class today. Like classical period music, popular music in its many genres uses a common set of progressions to create a wealth of music.
More on the pop music progressions:
See you on Thursday!

10/1/15 Stuff for Next Week

I hope today’s extended time and direct feedback from me to work on and fix your part writing through the cadences quiz was helpful. Remember that the homework is due on Tuesday (10/6).

Now for next week. As you know, I will be out of town next week performing in Ohio. Dr. Deguchi will be subbing for me for our next two classes. These will be our first two days over Chapter 14. Dr. Deguchi is great, so I’m sure you’ll find her approach enlightening. I’ve told her that she can do these two classes however she wants. I have asked her to go over the cadences homework in class with you as you need.

In the meantime, he are the links to my materials (website and videos), and info for the homework and quizzes.

Chapter 14 Readings and Videos

Chapter 14 Homework and Quiz

  • Here is a link to the homework sheet. Dr. Deguchi will give you a hard copy of this.
    • This homework is due Thursday 10/15 (two week from today). The hard copy with say Tuesday 10/15. That’s a mistake. It is due Thursday.
  • There will be a quiz on Tuesday 10/13 on part writing vi and iii. (This is the first class day I am back.)
    • Expect the following progressions: I vi IV V I, I iii IV V I, V VI, and V7 VI.
Let me know if you have any questions or need help. I will see you in two weeks.

Have a great week!

9/29/15 Cadences Homework and Quiz

The homework in class today (workbook pp. 89-92) is due next Tuesday (10/6).  There will be an open-note quiz on part writing cadences next class (10/1) that looks like Excercise 2 from the homework. You will have 10 minutes.

The rest of class next time on Thursday will be self-directed time where you can do any of three things.

  1. Continue work on the homework (I will be able to answer questions or go over things you have trouble with).
  2. Practice Analysis (I will come with one or two things to work on).
  3. Practice Part Writing (Make sure you have the basics and can write accurately and quickly).
So you can choose what things you need to increase your skill and fluency with.
See you on Thursday!

9/24/15 Chapter 10 Stuff and Quiz Next Week

Thank you for your thoughts on the in-class questionnaire today. I’m glad you seem to all like this method. Some of you asked for small lectures and examples in class to guide you more clearly. I am happy to do these. I think I did a small one like this in class today. In the future when we start an activity or homework, I can give a small lecture to those who want it, while those who would rather ignore me can go straight to the homework or activity. Please remind me to do this if I forget.

I hope today’s cadence hunting was helpful in getting you to listen for cadences and then use your eyes to confirm them. As you all know, music is for the ears and they are our guides in music theory.

Readings, Videos, etc.

Let me know if you have any questions. We will be working on the homework next time in class. There will be a quiz on your ability to part write cadences next Thursday (10/1).

See you on Tuesday!

9/17/15 Preparing for Test No. 1

I hope today’s work with part writing was helpful to prepare you for our test on Tuesday over Chapters 7-9. Here is a list of thing you should be able to do and practice.

  1. Know how to part write and identify the main three six-four chord types (neighbor, passing, and cadential). Make sure you include both the roman numeral and the type label (N64, etc.) when you label these chords.
  2. Know how to part write and identify V7 (in root position: C-IN, IN-C, C-C) and in inversions (V65, V43, V42).
  3. Know how to part write and identify vi6.
  4. Know how to write and identify all information from Theory I (Chapters A-F and 1-6), including:
    • Know your diatonic triads and seventh chords in major and minor.
    • Know that Ti needs an accidental in minor keys in V and vi6.
    • Know Root Position Part Writing:
      • Root Movement by 5th (1 CT and 2 steps)
      • Root Movement by 3rd (2 CTs and 1 step)
      • Root Movement by 2nd (No CTs; contrary motion rule!)
    • Know how to write with first inversion triads (I-I6 w/ voice exchange, I-V6-I, ii6-V, etc.)
    • Know our limited harmonic pallette: I, I6, V, V6, IV, IV6, ii, ii6. We’ve added six-fours, V7, and vi6.
    • Know how to identify all nonchord tones.
    • Know how to use figured bass (But know that there will be no figured bass on this test!)
  5. Remember that there in a short analysis in open score on the test. You can practice this with the Haydn Quartet example I gave you last class. There is a link to a pdf in previous post below.
Also, here is a pdf of a old part writing handout, if you would like some guided practice before Tuesday.
Let me know if you have any questions, and remember that the Theory GA, Tobi, has his first study session tonight at 7pm in CMUS 212.
See you on Tuesday!

9/15/15 Chapter 9 Stuff and Test Prep

I hope today’s time I spent on going over the homework with each of you was helpful. Thank you for your patience. I am happy to look it over with any corrections again during class or office hours.

Now in the mean time, you need to know how vii°6 works. Here’s the stuff for that, and other practice materials.

Remember that Test No. 1 is next Tuesday (9/22). It is over Chapters 7-9 (6/4 chords, V7, & vii°6). Make sure you can follow all the specific guidelines for these specific chords while part writing quickly. Next class is a review day. You can work on anything you think is necessary. I will give you more info on the test then. Here are some recommend progressions to part write for practice. if you have time.

  • I I6 IV V I
  • I V64 I6 ii6 I64 V7 I IV64 I
  • vii°6 i6
  • I IV V7 I
  • i V43 i6 V7 i
  • etc.

Let me know if you have any questions or need help.

See you on Thursday!


9/10/15 HW due Tuesday and Next Week

Our quiz today is a good marker for how quickly you should be able to part write six two-chord progressions. So make sure you are following my specific voice leadings rather than trying to be creative. Then practice them over and over for speed. The test will measure (among other things) your ability to follow the specific ways I have shown you to write six-four chords, dominant seventh chords, etc. I want you all to be able to complete our first test with time to spare.

Remember that the homework I assigned last class is due on Tuesday (9/15). We will go over it at the beginning of class.

I hope our work on figured bass and part writing today were helpful in ways to think about and understand these tools we use in theory class. Please review my online theory resource to make sure you understand all you need to remember about various things covered in Theory I. Also, here’s a link to the single page handout I gave you today.

As I said in class, we will spend the next two classes going over Chaper 9. We will also go over how to create successful longer part writings out of the shorter examples we are more comfortable with. This will prepare us for the test the following Tuesday (9/22).

Also, I mentioned an article I coauthored on part writing pedagogy. You can find it here if you would like to read it.

Let me know if you have any questions or need help.

See you on Tuesday!


9/8/15 Chapter 8 HW and Quiz

I hope today’s homework class was helpful. Here’s a link to the homework I assigned today, the pdf of the Haydn, and the recording I played in class.

There will be a quiz at the beginning of class next time over part writing. You will asked to complete the following in 10 minutes:

  • Part Write V7I (i) complete to incomplete, incomplete to complete and complete to complete.
  • Part Write V7 in each inversion resolving to the correct I (i) chord in root position or inversion.

Then we will spend time reviewing part writing, analysis, and figured bass as needed. You will also be able to spend more time on the homework if you like.

See you on Thursday!


9/3/15 Chapter 8: V7

I hope you enjoyed looking the Beethoven minuet today in class. Compare how Beethoven part writes his V7 chords in the minuet with what is covered in the material.

Reading and/or Videos

Please read one or both of the following:

  • Seventh Chords on my website [It’s done!]
  • Chapter 8 from your textbook.

Again if you would like to watch my old videos, here they are with related links:

Make sure you practice the complete/incomplete part-writing patterns in preparation for doing the homework in class next time (Tuesday, 9/8). There will be a short quiz in class on part writing V7 on Thursday, (9/10).

Please come see me for help if you are struggling or even if your understanding is happening slowly.

See you on Tuesday!


9/1/15 Homework Due and Part Writing Quiz Next Class

I hope you all liked today’s class dedicated to working on the homework. It is due on Thursday (9/3) at the beginning of class. We will go over it then.


Follow this link to see the assignment.

Here is the Uchida recording of the Mozart Sonata. (Listening will help you find the six-four chords.)


After we go over the homework, there will be a short part writing quiz. You will part write one example of each of the following six-four chords with correct surrounding harmonies in 10 minutes.

  • Neighbor
  • Passing
  • Cadential

Dominant Seventh Chords

Next time, we will begin three days on V7. The first day (9/3) will be an activity with a Beethoven piano minuet.

See you on Thursday!


8/27/15 Chapter 7 Reading and if you like, Videos

Now that we have done our analysis activity in class, do at least one of the following

  1. Read Second Inverson Triads on my website.
  2. Read Chapter 7 from the textbook (p. 210).
    • If you choose either of the above options, know that you can watch me part write each of the main kinds of six-four chords in the videos below.
  3. Watch my old videos on Six-Four Chords.

Other resources

We will spend next class working on the homework, and I can go over any of this information at the beginning of class for those who need it. We will have a part writing quiz on Six-Four Chords on Thursday (9/3).

See you on Tuesday!


8/24/15 Syllabus and First Day Survey

Welcome back to Winthrop! I’m David Kulma, you’re music theory teacher for the semester, and this is our course website for Theory II. I will be posting links, announcements, and other information for you here regularly.

  • For example, if you click on the Syllabus link above, you can see our syllabus. I recommend you print it out for yourself, since I’m not supposed to make photocopies of syllabi anymore. Take a look through it. I’ll go over some during our first class tomorrow, but make sure that you have read and understand it before the end of this first week. If you are too lazy to move back up the page, here is another link to it.
  • Please also fill out this First Day Survey to tell me a little about yourself and your theory knowledge. This is the first homework assignment and is due by classtime on Thursday (8/27). The sooner you do this the better for me. I would like to be able to read all of them sometime on Wednesday.
  • Finally, if you would like a refresher on Theory I info, you can click on this link, or the words “Music Theory” on the right-hand side of this page. I am working to add similar material for Theory II.

I look forward to our time together this semester, and I will see you tomorrow at 12:30pm in CMUS 313.