Music 2484

Theory IV: Chromatic Harmony

MWF 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Room 118

Lab: TR, 10:50 12:05 PM, Room 118

Instructor: Vicky V. Johnson, Rm. 122

Office hours are posted on my door


Phone: Ext.9238






Course Description

Part-writing of figured bass exercises and melody harmonizations requiring altered chords, 9th, 11th, and 13th chords; remote modulations, study of sonata, rondo, variation and other nineteenth-century forms; aural skills.  Introduction to analysis of tonal music according to the theory of structural levels. 

Prerequisites:  MUSC 1474, 1484, 2474.


Required Materials

Bruce Benward and Gary White. Music in Theory and Practice, (7th ed.), Vol. 2. (do not buy a used copy)

Bruce Benward and J. Timothy Kolosick, Ear Training: A Technique for Listening, (7th ed.). (do not buy a used copy)

Robert W. Ottman, Music for Sight Singing (6th ed.).

You also need music staff paper, notebook, folder for handouts, pencil and eraser.  I will not accept any assignment written in ink.  Mechanical pencils are a good choice.

You MUST have access to a computer for receiving e-mails, checking the Course Outline, receiving assignments, downloading and uploading assignments, and to score student compositions.    There are computers available in the Fine Arts building and in the library, open at scheduled times, but it is your responsibility to access these course elements as necessary.  Your failure to do so is not an excuse for late or missed assignments, or for missing course updates or other communication.



To listen and study music of the classical and romantic styles.

To be acquainted with compositional practice of these styles.

To learn the current analytical techniques used with this music.


Course Activities

In-class lectures, discussions and analyses

Written assignments, including student compositions.

Practical exercises in sight-singing and ear-training.

Individual work in computer lab.


Grading Will Be Based On

Regular homework and computer lab assignments 30%

Lab tests (3 @ 10% each) 30%

Compositions 10%

Midterm exam 20%

Final exam 10%

Class participation (1-5 extra pts. added to final grade)


Attendance Policy

Attendance is required. Absences will only be excused with proper written documentation. Unexcused absences will negate the class participation credit by 2 points per absence and 1 point per tardy. Beyond this, each absence will result in one point deducted from your overall grade and each tardy will deduct 1/2 point.  Each class will begin on time and the door will be closed.  If you have to knock to get in, you are late.


Classroom Policy

No food or drink in the classroom.

Turn off your cell phones.

Attention will be given to the lesson at hand, or you will be excused from the classroom.  (In other words, no working on other homework, personal business, sleeping, etc.)

Keep you backpacks and other personal belongings out of the aisles.



All homework assignments are due at the start of class on the due date specified in the Course Outline. Specific instructions for assignments will often be listed in the Course Outline which will be updated on the course web page.  It is important to refer to this page often.  Any modifications to the schedule will be announced in class. Late assignments will only be accepted with prior approval and then at a penalty of ten points per day.



This course moves quickly. If you begin to experience problems, consult me right away. Do not wait until you are hopelessly behind or lost. Extra help (including tutoring) is available from several sources, but only if you ask for it. 


Academic Honesty

Any student caught cheating will receive a grade of "F" for the class.  Further disciplinary action may also be brought against the guilty student.  This decision will be mine in consultation with the department head.  Cheating is serious business and the penalties for engaging in this sort of activity will be severe.  Consult the following link for further information on academic conduct as specified in your student handbook.


Students with Disabilities Policy

It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. If you are a student with a disability seeking accommodations for this course, please contact Trina Geye, Director of Student Disability Services, at 254.968.9400 or Student Disability Services is located in Math 201. More information can be found at or in the University Catalog.



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