Music Theory III
I. Course Prefix/Number: MUS 221
Course Name: Music Theory III
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course teaches harmony, counterpoint and analysis with focus on chromatic techniques of middle and late nineteenth century. Course must be taken in tandem with MUS 219 (Aural Skills III).
IV. Learning Objectives
- To write musical compositions employing all rules studied.
- To analyze, at sight, hymn tunes involving primary and secondary chords in all inversions.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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:
- Secondary dominants
- Linear diminished sevenths
- Neopolitan sixth
- Augmented sixth chords
- Ninth chords
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 III chorale-texture part writing on figured bass or Roman numerals.
Students will be required to do assignments consisting of level III melody harmonizations and composing their own musical scores in the style of the late Nineteenth century repertoire.
IX. Instructional Materials
Representative textbook such as: Kostka, Payne, et al., Tonal Harmony, Latest Edition
Representative software such as: Finale, 2008
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
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
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.