Music Theory II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MUS 122

       Course Name: Music Theory II

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

MUS 121 (Music Theory I)

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues MUS 121. Content includes traditional harmony of Romanticism, four-part writing and altered chords. Focus is on skills development in writing, listening and analysis. Course must be taken in tandem with MUS 120 (Aural Skills II).

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To write musical compositions from the 17th and 18th centuries.
  2. To analyze, at sight, hymn tunes involving primary and secondary chords in all inversions.
  3. To compose using all diatonic chords, including seventh chords, along with secondary chords and altered chords.

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

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Representative topics such as:

Diatonic Materials

  1. The cadential six-four chord
  2. Tonic, subdominant and dominant triads in first inversion
  3. The supertonic triad
  4. Inversions of the dominant seventh chord
  5. Submediant and mediant triads
  6. The leading-tone triad
  7. The supertonic seventh chord
  8. The leading-tone seventh chord
  9. Other diatonic seventh chords
  10. Secondary Dominants
  11. Secondary Leading-tone chords
  12. Altered chords
  13. Intermediate level of modulation

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 level II chorale-texture part writing on figured bass or Roman numerals.

Students will be required to do assignments consisting of level II melody harmonizations and composing their own musical scores in the style of the Romantic period.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

  1. Representative textbook such as: Kostka, Payne, et al., Tonal Harmony, Latest Edition
  2. Representative software such as: Fianle, 2008

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

There will be examinations and quizzes. Each examination is based on the content of the assigned reading 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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.