Course Syllabus

Music 30C, Spring 1997
Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 9:00am-9:50am
Music Building, Room 196

Professor Christopher Dobrian
294E Music Building

Office hours by appointment.


Kostka, Stefan and Payne, Dorothy. Tonal Harmony, 3rd edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1995.

Burkhart, Charles. Anthology for Musical Analysis, 4th edition. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1986.

UCI Catalog Course Description

The study of traditional common-practice diatonic harmony, through written and keyboard drill. Basic harmonic theory, triads, seventh chords, sequences, modulation, elementary figured basses. Prerequisite: Music 25 or equivalent.

Professor's Course Description

A workshop in elementary Western (predominantly classical) music theory, analysis, and composition through active score study, ear training, performance, and composition. Primary activities will be specific theory and style studies, composition based on those studies, and performance of the compositions. Prerequisite: Music 30B or equivalent.


Theoretical harmonic and formal concepts
Stylistic analyses of selected compositions
Derived "rules" of composition
Ear Training
Singing drills to improve aural acuity
Melodic and harmonic dictation
Studying examples of established theoretical concepts
Deriving concepts from existing compositions
Guided composition employing specific theoretical concepts in Western classical style.
Vocal and instrumental rehearsal and performance of student compositions


Timeline for Term Project in Composition

Monday, April 7
Decide on instrumentation and performers
Monday April 14
Antecedent and consequent phrases (primary theme)
Monday April 21
Contrasting theme in related key
Monday April 28
Modulatory passages; introduction and coda
Monday May 5
Submit (semi-)final draft
Week of Monday May 12
Final revisions
Friday May 16
Final draft completed and delivered to performers
Week of Wednesday May 28
Dress rehearsal
Monday June 2

Course Requirements

  1. Participation in at least 90% of all class meeting time,
  2. Adequate preparation for class rehearsals, performances and drills,
  3. Timely completion of composition and analysis assignments,
  4. Midterm and final exams: composition, analysis, and performance.

Course Grades

Grading for the course will be based on timely completion of all the course requirements. Since every requirement is considered a vital part of the educational experience of the course, serious and high quality work is expected at all times. Grading will be based in more or less equal proportion on the following activities:

  1. Active and well-prepared participation in class activities,
  2. Written composition and analysis assignments,
  3. Term project in composition,
  4. Midterm exam,
  5. Final exam.

Regarding Academic Integrity

Plagiarism of any kind is a violation of UCI policy on Academic Honesty, and penalties for plagiarism can be severe. In this class you will be expected to attribute due credit to the originator of any ideas, music, or other work which you incorporate substantially into your own assignments. This applies particularly to citation of sources for quotes and ideas included in your compositions and analyses. While supportive co-education between colleagues is encouraged, written assignments must be accomplished individually, without collaboration with others.

Christopher Dobrian
March 27, 1997