Scavenger Hunts — Make pattern recognition a habit. William Wieland
  1. In your own music (You may not simply copy an example from a textbook.), find an unambiguous example of a music theory concept, e.g. a sequence. Each example must be different from all others submitted by your classmates or I will ask you to submit another. Therefore, peruse music which they don't have, e.g. your ensemble music, music from your lessons, song books, hymnals, Christmas carols, real books, etc. Your submissions may be from the same piece or different pieces.
  2. Create an electronic image, e.g. take a picture with your smartphone or tablet. You may also scan with a computer. (I accept recordings if it is possible to hear the concept.)
  3. Include clarification or elaboration with the image. Clarify or elaborate upon the example by
    • writing on the music itself,
    • using sticky notes on the music, or
    • writing on the image electronically.
  4. Finally, identify the composer and title.
I require the following clarifications or elaborations:
Scales (limit 3 different scales) — Circle and identify any complete scale you find. Many, many more scales exist than I included in the pdf file. I encourage you to look for unusual scales.

Ostinato (limit 1) — Circle at least a dozen consecutive instances of the repeated music passage.
Sequence (limit 1) — Circle each instance of the musical pattern. — Indicate whether it is a diatonic or modulating sequence. (no modified sequences please)
Period — Label the antecedent phrase and consequent phrase. — Indicate whether it is a parallel or contrasting period. (limit 1 of each)
Sentences (limit 1) — Refer to the handout in D2L.

Harmonic Cadences (limit 3 different cadences) — Provide a Roman numeral analysis with figures and identify each harmonic cadence.
Modulation (limit 3 different types) — Indicate the type of modulation and identify the chords and/or pitches that play an important role in the key change.
Second Inversion Triads — Circle and identify the six-four chord. (limit 1 of each)

Whether named embellishing tones (Refer to the handout in D2L.), non-chord tones, or nonharmonic tones, the limit is 3 different types. — Circle and identify each.

Cross Rhythm (limit 1) — Circle the instance and indicate the ratio, e.g. 2 x 3.
Hemiola (limit 1) — Explain the implied time signature.
Syncopation — Circle the example. (limit 1 of each type—ties, rests, and/or accents)

Applied Chords — Provide a Roman numeral analysis with figures. (limit 1 secondary dominant and 1 secondary leading-tone chord)
Augmented Sixth Chords (limit 1 of each) — Provide a Roman numeral analysis with figures and identify the “nationality”.
Neapolitan Sixth Chord (limit 1) — Provide a Roman numeral analysis with figures.


GRADES — 10 unambiguous, punctual, and unique submissions are required for 100 points.
  • I determine if submissions are unambigous.
  • Each punctual discovery I approve is worth 10 points. Each late find I certify is worth 5 points.
    (Keep on the lookout. You can submit examples more quickly than I require.)
    • 3 are due early in the semester.
    • 3 more are due just before the midterm.
    • 2 more are due after the midterm.
    • 2 more are due late in the semester.
    • You may submit late examples until 5:00 pm on the last day of class.
  • Each submission must be unique. For example, you earn credit for just one major scale in the entire semester.
  • 100 is the highest grade I award for scavenger hunts when I calculate your semester grade—though it is possible to earn more points.