About this Course
This is a music theory course that shows how traditional vocal harmony works and how to compose it. The material assumes familiarization with the fundamentals of reading and interpreting musical scores.
Lessons 1 through 5 are is designed to show how four-voice chords are constructed and connected in the traditional style. Provides instruction on the basic skills of part writing primary triads and the dominant seventh chord. Part writing (or voice leading) is the connecting of the parts (voices) of one chord to the parts of another chord. For good part writing, each part should move smoothly, without error, and be easily singable.
Lessons 6 through 9 show how secondary triads are constructed and connected in the traditional style, and includes instruction on the basic skills of part writing secondary triads.
Lessons 10 through 15 teach alternative principles of traditional harmony, providing information on chord progression, alternative principles of triadic voice leading, secondary dominant chords, secondary leading tone chords, and common chord modulation.
Lesson 1: PRELIMINARY KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Lesson 2: PRIMARY TRIADS IN ROOT POSITION
Lesson 3: PRIMARY TRIADS IN FIRST INVERSION
Lesson 4: PRIMARY TRIADS IN SECOND INVERSION
Lesson 5: THE DOMINANT SEVENTH CHORD
LESSON 6: Secondary Triads in Isolation
LESSON 7: THE LEADING TONE AND SUBTONIC TRIADS
LESSON 8: RELATING CHORD SCALES TO TRIADS, EXTENDED CHORDS AND ALTERED CHORDS
LESSON 9: THE SUBMEDIANT TRIAD
Lesson 10: THE MEDIANT TRIAD
LESSON 11: PRINCIPLES OF PROGRESSION
LESSON 12: ALTERNATIVE PRINCIPLES OF TRIADIC VOICE LEADING
LESSON 13: SECONDARY DOMINANT CHORDS
LESSON 14: LESS COMMON SECONDARY DOMINANT CHORDS
LESSON 15: SECONDARY LEADING TONE CHORDS
LESSON 16: COMMON CHORD MODULATION
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