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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

Overview

1-1  Placement of Voices

1-2  Voice Motion

1-3  Figured Bass and Analysis

Lesson 2: PRIMARY TRIADS IN ROOT POSITION

Overview

2-1  Part Writing Primary Triads (Major)

2-2  Part Writing Primary Triads (Minor)

2-3  Repeated Triads

2-4  Cadences

Lesson 3: PRIMARY TRIADS IN FIRST INVERSION

Overview

3-1  Part Writing First Inversion Primary Triads

3-2  First Inversion Progressions

3-3  Cadences

Lesson 4: PRIMARY TRIADS IN SECOND INVERSION

Overview

4-1 Types of Second Inversion Triads

Lesson 5: THE DOMINANT SEVENTH CHORD

Overview

5-1 Part Writing the Dominant Seventh Chord to Tonic

5-2 Part Writing the Subdominant Triad to the Dominant Seventh Chord

5-3 Melodic Preparation of the Seventh of the Dominant Seventh Chord

LESSON 6: Secondary Triads in Isolation

Overview

6-1  Secondary Triads

LESSON 7: THE LEADING TONE AND SUBTONIC TRIADS

Introduction

7-1  Overview

7-2  Part Writing the Leading Tone Triad

7-3  Subtonic Triad

LESSON 8: RELATING CHORD SCALES TO TRIADS, EXTENDED CHORDS AND ALTERED CHORDS

Introduction

8-1  Overview

8-2  Part Writing Supertonic Triad

LESSON 9: THE SUBMEDIANT TRIAD

Introduction

9-1  Overview

9-2  Part Writing Submediant Triad

Lesson 10: THE MEDIANT TRIAD

Introduction

10-1 Overview

10-2 Part Writing the Mediant Triad

LESSON 11: PRINCIPLES OF PROGRESSION

Introduction

11-1  Overview

11-2  Root Movement

11-3  Chord Groups

11-4  Chord Progression

LESSON 12: ALTERNATIVE PRINCIPLES OF TRIADIC VOICE LEADING

Introduction

12-1  Voice Leading of Repeated Triads

12-2  Voice Leading of Triads with Root Movement by Fifth

12-3  Voice Leading of First Inversion Triads

12-4  Cadences

LESSON 13: SECONDARY DOMINANT CHORDS

Introduction

13-1 Structure and Analysis

13-2 Dominant of the Dominant Chords

13-3 Part Writing Secondary Dominant Chords

LESSON 14: LESS COMMON SECONDARY DOMINANT CHORDS

Introductionn

14-1  Less Common Secondary Dominant Cords

LESSON 15: SECONDARY LEADING TONE CHORDS

Introduction

15-1 Structure and Analysis

15-2 Secondary Leading Tone Chords

LESSON 16: COMMON CHORD MODULATION

Introduction

16-1  Relationship of Keys

16-2  Four Step Process

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015