BAIN MUSC 116
Music Theory II

Fundamentals

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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 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 the exercises you find useful and/or difficult in CAI Project 3.



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

More Exercises

Also feel free to explore other areas of Teoria & MusicTheory.net to see what other types of exercises are available:

Teoria Exercises and MusicTheory.net Exercises

Note for Struggling Students

If section 3 is too difficult, take a step back a step and practice Interval Spelling {Teoria} and Interval ID {Teoria} before you attempt section 3. Here are a couple other interval drills you may find helpful:

1. Interval ID on the Staff {MusicTheory.net}
2. Interval ID on the Piano Keyboard {MusicTheory.net}

Pedagogical-approach comparison

As you work each exercise, consider (i.e., compare/contrast) the pedagogical approach of MusicTheory.net, Teoria, and InQuizitive. Which approach(es) do you prefer?


References

Adams, Ricci. 2020. MusicTheory.net. Available online at: <http://www.musictheory.net>.

Alvira, José Rodríguez. 2020. Teoría. Available online at: <http://www.teoria.com>.

Burstein, L. Poundie and Joseph N. Straus. 2016. A Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony, 1st ed., InQuizitive: KnowIt?/ShowIt! Pedagogy (see Digital Resources). New York: Norton.

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


Updated: June 23, 2020

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music
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