Music Theory II


1. Fundamentals

Return to: MUSC 116

For all of the exercises below, be sure to:

Work slowly and methodically for 100% accuracy.

Take your time, and try to stay relaxed.

Be sure to spend equal time working in both the treble clef and bass clef.
(If you are looking for a challenge, work in the alto clef and/or tenor clef.)

Limit key signatures to 0-4 accidentals.
(If you are looking for a challenge, try 5-7 accidentals.)

You do not need to complete all of the exercises for a given drill, just work on exercises you find helpful.

Use these exercises as a way to identify areas of strength and weakness.

Based on your performance on the homework and Exam 1, I will help you find exercises that will address any specific areas of weakness you may have.
You will have the opportunity to return to exercises you find useful and/or difficult later in the course.

  1. Key Signatures
  2. Major & Minor Scales
  3. Triads and Seventh Chords
  4. Roman Numerals


More Exercises

Explore Teoria & to see what other types of exercises are available.

  1. Teoria Exercises
  2. Exercises

Burstein & Straus, Concise 2/e Digital Resources

Compare and contrast the exercises above with our textbook's KnowIt?/ShowIt! pedagogy:

Burstein and Straus 2/e, Digital Resources (subscription required)

Which approach do you prefer?

In general, which software do you prefer: Teoria,, or Norton's Inquizitive? Which exercises have worked best for you?


Adams, Ricci. 2022. Available online at: <>.

Alvira, José Rodríguez. 2022. Teoría. Available online at: <>.

Burstein, L. Poundie and Joseph N. Straus. 2020. "InQuizitive: KnowIt?/ShowIt! Pedagogy," in A Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony, 2nd ed. New York: Norton. {Norton}

Turek, Ralph and Daniel McCarthey. 2013. Theory for Today's Musician, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge. {Routledge}

Updated: November 12, 2022

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music