Theory IV
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Week 1

Aug 25-29

Retention/Success issues



Figured Bass


Part-writing review to be completed in class

Benward vol. I, p. 212


Secondary chord review

 Construct secondary chords (boardwork)

Use WS36 in notebook

Secondary dominant Wksheet Side A

Secondary dominant Wksheet Side B



Bach's chord changes



Link to Course Outline

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Print 5 sheets of staff paper

See links above.  Keep a supply with you at all times.  You should NEVER have to borrow staff paper.


Music theory:  observations used to analyze and to understand music

Week 2

Sep 1-5


No class on Monday

Labor Day





Borrowed chords


Mode mixture


Examples:  Benward Chapter 4


Construct borrowed chords and resolutions (boardwork)

Use Chapter 4 Borrowed Chords worksheet

Due Fri

Assignment #1:  Create borrowed chords assignment (handout)




Borrowed chords

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Week 3

Sep 8-12



Neapolitan 6ths (Teoria)

N6s with examples

Practice constructing N6's



Moonlight Sonata Excerpt



Construct Neapolitan chords at board




Augmented 6ths (Teoria)

Aug 6ths with examples

Augmented 6ths - simple explanation


Board work:  Construct Neapolitan 6th and Aug 6th

No Assignment Due Friday




Neapolitan 6th

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Week 4

Sep 15-19


OK - here's your song parody

to the tune of "The Addams Family"


Augmented sixths

Augmented sixths

These are the tricks so we won’t mix

Augmented sixths.


Italian, French and German

Now here’s how to determine

The 3rd, we’ll be affirmin’

Just check the 4th and 5th.


Italian is completed,

A third is all that’s needed

And that note is repeated

In this augmented sixth.


The French one sounds so scary

The tritone’s customary

The tension’s temporary

In this augmented sixth.


The German is a jazz chord

Has 3 and 5, but not 4

It moves to tonic 6/4

In this augmented sixth.


The key to understanding:

The 6th will be expanding,

By half step will be landing,

It's easy to predict.


Mon/Wed Seat work:  Beethoven Piano Sonata and String Quartet



Due Friday

Assignment #2:  Augmented 6th Chords & Neapolitans




Augmented 6th

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Week 5

Sep 22-26


Extended Tertian Harmony


Review for Mid-term Exam (Friday)

Due Friday

Assignment #3:  Extended Chords



Extended Harmony

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Week 6

Sep 29-Oct 3



Mid-term exam

Due Friday
Assignment #4: Altered Dominants

Week 7

Oct 6-10


Types of Modulation

Modulation Review

Modulation by diminished 7ths

Modulation by Neapolitan 6

Modulation by augmented 6ths




Due Friday

Assignment #5:  Chromatic Modulation




Week 8

Oct 13-17


Excellent intro to form



Binary form

Example of binary form

Example of rounded binary form


Ternary form

Example of ternary form

Example of ternary form



Theme & Variations Assignment specifics   

Click here for grading rubric


Due Friday:

Assignment #6:  Form

Week 9

Oct 20-24


Example of rondo form


Class discussion:

Mozart’s Sonata, K. 545, No. 16, III, (hand-out)

Haydn’s Sonata, No. 5, movement III (in textbook, Assignment 9.1, pp. 167-70) 



Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 21, No. 1,mvmt.I


Due Wednesday

Composition plan (tune selected and 5 methods of variation chosen)



Week 10

Oct 27-31

No class on Friday!


Due Monday 

Composition #1:  Theme and Variations composition (hard copy due in class - Finale file must be e-mailed by 8:30am Monday)

Week 11

Nov 3-7




The Evolution of Sonata Form


As demonstrated by screen beans

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik


Sonata-Allegro Form Powerpoint

Example of sonata form


Written work completed in class:  Diagram of first movement structure. 


Class discussion:

Mozart’s Sonata, K. 283, No. 5, first movement (hand-out)

Mozart’s Sonata, K. 280, No. 2, first movement (hand-out)



 Due Friday:

Assignment #8:  (April 17) Sonata K283 Analysis

Please use this  Sonata Analysis Template.


Listen to the Sonata.




Week 12

Nov 10-14




Write a short composition of 16 to 30 measures in the style of a romantic character piece for piano.  Click here to go to the Character Piece Assignment page for more specific guidelines.  Composition is due on Mon., May 1.  Finale file must be e-mailed to me by 8:30am.  Bring a hard copy to class to hand in.





Due Wednesday








Week 13

Nov 17-21


Due Friday 

Composition #2:  Character Piece (hard copy due in class - Finale file must be e-mailed by 8:30am Monday)



Week 14

Nov 24-28

No class on Thurs or Fri





Class discussion:

Chopin’s Prelude, Op. 28, No. 7 (hand-out)

Chopin’s Prelude, Op. 28, No. 20 (hand-out)



Listen to 

Prelude, Op. 28, No. 20.


Week 15

Dec 1-3

CHAPTER 13: Continued

Class discussion:

  1. Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, D. 531

  2. Schumann’s “Waldesgespräch” from Liederkreis, Op. 39                   

  3. Schumann’s “Ich grolle nicht” from Dichterliebe, Op. 48           





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Final Exam for Theory IV will be an analysis of a Mozart Sonata.

  1. Print a copy of the Sonata assigned to you:    K280   K284   K332

    Note:  Print only page 1-4!


  2. Print a copy of the Final Exam Form


  3. Listen to your assigned Sonata below:

Sonata K. 280

Sonata K. 284

Sonata K. 332

  1. Answer the questions on the

    Final Exam Form


  2. Don't forget the Roman numeral analysis of  the development section and to label the sections, themes and keys on the score


  3. Turn in your Final Exam on Wednesday, May 10 at 11:30 (points deducted if late)



Final Exam Sonata Assignments




Final Exam:  Monday, May 4 3:00 - 5:30