MUSI 2312

Theory IV: Chromatic Harmony/Form & Analysis

Instructor: Dr. Vicky V. Johnson, Rm. 122

Office hours are posted on my door


Phone: Ext.9238



For a week by week description of requirements, assignments, and exams, refer to the Course Outline at the following link:


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.  Introduction to analysis of tonal music according to the theory of structural levels. 

Prerequisites:  MUSI 1311, 1312, 2311.


Required Materials

Finale notation program.  It is available at the bookstore for $99.  Contact Susan Trainham at the bookstore in the student center.

Music staff paper.

Pencil and eraser.  I will not accept any assignment written in ink.  Mechanical pencils are a good choice.

Notebook.  It will not be graded, but returned assignments and practice sheets will be your exam study materials.  If you get a spiral notebook, make sure it has pockets.

3x5 notecards.



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

Assignments and assessments, including student compositions.


Grading Will Be Based On

Assignments and compositions 50%

Midterm exam 20%

Final exam 20%

Class participation 10%


Music exists in time.  It is important for music professionals to be able to perceive and identify musical elements quickly or they will be of little use.  For this reason, proficiency in the areas of music theory includes speed as well as understanding and assessment will include both.

Some assignments are based upon answers that are right or wrong and will be graded objectively.  Other assignments will have subjective content.  In grading those assignments, students do not begin with a 100% and lose points for infractions.  Rather, these grades are judgments about overall performance.  That is to say, students who have earned an 85% did not necessarily "lose" 15 points through error, but were judged to have performed at a B level.  These levels are basically described as:

A:  Excellent

B:  Good

C:  Average

D:  Below average

F:  Unsatisfactory

A grade of C or above is required to pass the course.

Tarleton differentiates between a failed grade in a class because a student never attended (F0 grade), stopped attending at some point in the semester (FX grade), or because the student did not pass the course (F) but attended the entire semester. These grades will be noted on the official transcript. Stopping or never attending class can result in the student having to return aid monies received.  For more information see the Tarleton Financial Aid website.


Attendance Policy

Attendance is required. Absences will only be excused with proper written documentation. This includes a note from a healthcare provider in case of illness or a form signed by a sponsor (presented in advance) in the case of a University sanctioned activity.  Attendance at funerals and court appearances will also be excused with proper documentation and advance notice.

Class will begin on time.  Use this link to set your watch.

A student's absences will not change any deadline or assignment requirements.  You are always responsible for any material you miss, so check the Course Outline and/or a fellow classmate for announcements, assignments, and requirements.


Classroom Policy

No food in the classroom.  Drinks in hard-sided containers with lids are allowed.

Turn off your cell phones and put them out of sight - mine and yours.  Text messaging is prohibited in the classroom.  Please see me if you have a special emergency situation requiring this type of communication.

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 your backpacks and other personal belongings out of the aisles for the sake of convenience and safety.

Do not leave the room during class except for an emergency as this disruption is almost always (except for an emergency) avoidable.  Be prepared to tell me that it is urgent.

If your conduct for any reason is unacceptable, you will be asked to leave.  Do not return to class until you have made an appointment to see me and the situation has been resolved.

Leave your space better than you found it.



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 calendar 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.


Academic Honesty

Cheating, plagiarism (submitting another person's materials or ideas as one's own), or doing work for another person who will receive academic credit are all impermissible.  This includes the use of unauthorized books, notebooks, or other sources in order to secure or give help during an examination; the unauthorized copying of examinations, assignments, reports, or term papers; or the presentation of unacknowledged material as if it were the student's own work.


Any student caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive a grade of "F" for the class.  Further disciplinary action may also be taken beyond the Department of Fine Arts.  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 the TSU catalog.


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 the Center for Access and Academic Testing at 254.968.9400 or The office is located in Math 201. More information can be found at, in the University Catalog, or at



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