Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
5 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 5 Lab Hours: 1 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 07/08;12/11/09; 11/14/11

1. Description -
Continuation of late chromatic harmony and 20th Century compositional practice and theory. Application to composition and music literature. Impressionism, atonality, set theory, twelve-tone technique, graphic notation, and minimalism. Includes a study of how social, political, philosophical, and other artistic developments outside of music influenced compositional thinking and how these were integrated into Impressionism and Modernism in Western musical theory.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: MUS 3B proficiency or equivalent.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. notate 9th, 11th, and 13th chords.
  2. notate altered dominants and chromatic mediants.
  3. apply essential principles in advanced chromatic harmony.
  4. notate all the church modes used in Impressionism.
  5. understand and apply set theory to analysis and original composition.
  6. understand and apply essential principles in twelve-tone technique.
  7. transcribe a contemporary composition on to graph paper.
  8. understand and identify essential principles of minimalism.
  9. aurally identify stylistic divergencies in twentieth century compositional practice using these fundamentals.
  10. write simple compositions demonstrating and understanding of these fundamentals.
  11. discuss in small groups different stylistic practices of other world cultures and their influence on contemporary musical thinking.
  12. notate from melodic and harmonic dictation.
  13. understand the different effects that social, political, philosophical, and religious thinking had on artistic expression with particular emphasis on music.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Classroom with midi keyboards and/or pianos, staff-lined blackboards, stereo/CD player.
  1. when taught on campus: access to a dvd player; classroom sound equipment for compact discs, audiotape and records, screen, overhead projector, slide projector, VCR.
  2. when taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Notation
    1. Part-writing 9th, 11th, and 13th chords.
    2. Altered dominants and chromatic mediants.
    3. Modes
    4. Non-western scales
    5. Graphic music
  2. Harmony
    1. Non-functional harmony
    2. Omnibus progression
    3. Linear and third relationship cadences
    4. Cluster (texture) music
  3. The influence of Jazz and non-western music on recent twentieth century compositional practice
  4. Set theory
  5. Twelve-tone technique
    1. Tone row and its permutations
    2. Serial principles in musical parameters other than pitch.
  6. Identification of Impressionism and Expressionism in painting and the new science of Psychology and their effect on Impressionism and Modernism in music.
  7. Direct observation of student work at the blackboard, keyboard, and in laboratory exercises in ear training, sight-singing, etc
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Homework assignments based on textbook chapters.
  2. Comprehensive midterm and final examinations.
  3. Three graded compositions.
  4. A graded guided analysis.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Benward, Bruce and White, Gary, Music in Theory and Practice, Volume 2 8th ed. Madison, WI, Brown and Benchmark, Publishers, 2009.
Burkhart, Charles, Anthology for Musical Analysis, 2nd ed. N. Y, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 2000.

Collections of music scores available at Foothill College Library and Music Laboratory.

When taught via Foothill Global Access: supplemental lectures, handouts, tests, and assignments delivered via Email; feedback on tests and assignments delivered via Email; class discussion may be delivered in chat rooms, list-serves, and newsgroups.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Laboratory, Lecture-Laboratory.
10. Lab Content -
Laboratory Exercises: Weekly lab exercises in the Theory/Piano Lab. Each lab exercise may be individual or consist of group activities developing musical skills such as sight-singing, ear training, and rhythmic and melodic dictation. Also supplement assigned reading and lecture topics.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text, online curriculum, lab manual, and outside sources ranging from 40 to 60 pages per week.
  2. Lecture: Weekly lecture covering subject matter from text assignment with extended topic information.
  3. Laboratory Exercises: Weekly lab exercises in the Network Lab. Each lab exercise may be individual or group activities and covers assigned reading and lecture topics.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA degree in Music.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-03 10:52:48

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines