Music Theory IV

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 222

       Course Name: Music Theory IV

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

MUS 221 (Music Theory III)

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues harmony, counterpoint and analysis with focus on twentieth century techniques. Content includes keyboard application of harmonic and contrapuntal techniques learned throughout theory sequence; playing of scales, arpeggios and chordal accompaniment patterns. Course must be taken in tandem with MUS 220 (Aural Skills IV).

IV.   Learning Objectives

To write and analyze musical compositions relating to 20th century styles and techniques.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Representative topics such as:

Twentieth Century Materials

  1. Tertian harmony
  2. Church modes
  3. Exotic scales
  4. Pandiatonicism and additive harmony
  5. Quartal and secondal harmony
  6. Polyharmony and polytonality
  7. Twelve-tone serialism
  8. Augmented sixth chords
  9. Advanced modulation
  10. Analysis
  11. Original composition

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Instruction includes lecture-demonstration; composition and practicum.


Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Class discussion and analysis of twentieth century compositional and analytical techniques.

Students will be required to compose their own musical scores in the style of the twentieth century repertoire.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Representative textbook such as: Kostka, Payne, et al., Tonal Harmony, Latest Edition

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

There will be examinations and quizzes.  Each examination will be based on the content of the assigned material and on information presented in class by the instructor.

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.