Harmony

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Harmony is the simultaneous sounding of multiple pitches. Harmony constitutes one of the most important elements of Western Music. Having a thorough knowledge and a firm understanding of Harmony is of the utmost importance to Composers, Performers, Theorists, and Musicologists. The study of harmony focuses on how different relationships or combinations of notes can be manipulated over time. Traditionally, in Western Music, harmony was used to create music which moved from dissonant (jarring or unstable) to consonant (pleasant or stable). This can and usually applies to music on a large scale formal level and the chord to chord phrase level. Although the decision which sounds are characterized as consonant or dissonant have varied from age to age, and from place to place, this form of tension and release was the basis of most Western Musical composition, which is still largely the norm today.

This course assumes a basic knowledge of music fundamentals.

Topics[edit]

  1. Some Basic Concepts, The Major Scale, & Intervals
  2. Triads & Seventh Chords
  3. Harmonic Function & Harmonic Progression
  4. The Minor Scale, Modes, & Mode Mixture
  5. Sequences & Other Devices
  6. Chord Inversions
  7. Cadences & Phrases
  8. Harmonizing Melodies & Non-Chord Tones
  9. Intro to Voice-leading
  10. Intro to Counterpoint
  11. Modulation
  12. Chromatic Chords
  13. Extended Chords
  14. Chords by Seconds & Chords by Fourths
  15. Chords extended beyond the 13th
  16. Intro to Harmonic Progressions, Functions, & Substitutions in Jazz
  17. Planing, Organum, Isomelody, & Isorhythm
  18. Survey of Post Tonal Music
  19. Intro to Serialism
  20. Intro To 20th Century Styles
  21. History of Western Harmony


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