This is the second course in a sequence of three, Contemporary Music Theory 101, 102, and 103.  It is assumed that you have taken 101, or have thorough fluency with major and minor scales, keys, intervals, triads, seventh chords, and music notation including Lead Sheet symbols.  In this course you will:

  • Analyze harmony with Roman Numerals and figured bass
  • Learn about Blues Scales and Progressions
  • Understand the principles of SATB part writing
  • Recognize phrases, periods, and harmonic cadences
  • Analyze and write non-harmonic tones in melodies
  • Develop Aural and Sight Singing Skills


  • Syllabus (Syllabus Dependent on Course Section)
  • Required text:  Snodgrass, Jennifer.  Contemporary Musicianship, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, New York, NY.  2021.  ISBN: 978-0-19-092459-1


  • Pre-requisites: MUS 101, or permission of instructor
  • Co-requisites: Studying piano, guitar, and/or voice is recommended
  • Background: A love for music and a work ethic helps