Music Composition 2
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Music Composition 2

Harmony and Compositional Form
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Created by Jonathan Peters
Last updated 7/2020
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 54 articles
  • 42 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • By the end of the course you will understand and be able to compose chord progressions.
  • You will learn how to develop your harmonic material through a variety of compositional techniques.
  • You will learn about musical texture and how rhythm, melody, and harmony are combined.
  • By the end of this course you will also have composed a number of entire pieces in various compositional forms.
  • You will get practice notating music using music notation software.
Requirements
  • It is highly recommended that you take "Music Composition 1" (by the same author) before taking this course.
  • A basic knowledge of music theory (especially Roman numeral names of chords from the scale). If you do not already have a rudimentary understanding of music theory, it is recommended that you take a music theory course before this course. (See course "Music Theory" by the same author)
  • Musescore (free music notation software)
  • Although not a necessity, it is very beneficial that the student have some ability to play the piano (or other instrument)
Description

Music Composition 2 is the second course in a series of two courses that teaches how music is put together and how to write your own music. The course is divided into two parts. Part one covers the study of harmonic composition. Part two covers the study of compositional form. (Rhythmic and melodic composition were studied in Music Composition 1. It is highly recommended that you take Music Composition 1 before taking this course.) 

Course lectures consist of both video and text. Each section of the course covers a particular concept (or related concepts). Concepts and compositional techniques are demonstrated throughout the course with real musical examples (pictures and audio samples). 

Besides lectures, each section of the course also contains memory questions, section quiz, listening assignments, and composition assignments. Memory questions serve to summarize and reinforce key concepts learned, while the quizzes tests the students’ knowledge and understanding of the material from each section. Students who take this course will get practice notating music with music notation software. In the composition assignments students will get real life practice using the information and techniques learned in each section to write and develop their own harmonic progressions. By the end of the course students will have composed a number of entire pieces in various compositional forms. 

Who should take this course? Every student of music should know how to compose! It is a sad but true fact that most modern music teachers and music courses do not include music composition as part of the students’ musical education. In the past it was typical for students of music to be able to compose music. The “complete” musician can play an instrument, has knowledge of music theory AND can also compose! If you want to deepen your understanding of music, learn to write it! 


Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who has always wanted to learn how to write music!
  • Every student of music!
  • Beginning Composers/Songwriters
  • Composers/Songwriters with previous knowledge or experience who want to brush up and hone their skills (and maybe learn some new techniques!)
  • Although this course uses many examples from classical music, most of the information and compositional techniques learned in this course can be used by musicians of other genres.
  • If you want to deepen your understanding of music, learn to write it!
Course content
Expand all 91 lectures 02:11:01
+ TONAL FUNCTION
7 lectures 12:32
Introduction
01:10

In this lecture you will review the basic music theory concept of "key" and the seven chords that can be formed from the major scale. You will also learn which chords of the scale are called "primary" chords and what their usefulness is.

Preview 01:48

In this lecture you will learn the definition of a chord progression. You will learn the basic structure "departure, anticipation, and return" and begin the study of tonal function. You will also learn which tonal fucntions the primary chords have.

Departure, Anticipation & Return
05:14

In this lecture you will learn about the principle of voice leading and one way of creating better sounding transitions between chords.

Preview 02:50
Memory Questions (sec.1)
01:20
Section 1 Quiz
20 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.1)
00:02
Listening Assignments (sec.1)
00:08
+ DIATONIC CHORD SUBSTITUTION
6 lectures 12:09

In this lecture you will learn about "secondary" chords and their tonal functions. You will also begin learning about function substitutes.

Preview 03:21

Learn how to write chord progressions using a standard formula and an easy to use Venn diagram. View two chord charts that list which chords typically follow other chords.

Preview 05:00

In this lecture you will learn how to determine the amount of similarity between two chords and how this similarity can create three different types of chord changes.

Amount of Similarity
02:06
Memory Questions (sec.2)
01:28
Section 2 Quiz
19 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.2)
00:03
Listening Assignments (sec.2)
00:11
+ DEVELOPING HARMONIC PROGRESSIONS
7 lectures 08:02

In this lecture you will learn how a chord progression can be developed through the extension of any tonal function.

Preview 02:55

In this lecture you will learn how a chord progression can be developed through chaining multiple progressions together.

Progression Chains
01:47

In this lecture you will learn about partial progressions. You will also learn how a chord progression can be developed through a combination of the previously learned compositional techniques.

Partial Progression Formula
01:34

In this lecture you will learn about circle progressions.

Circle Progressions
01:12
Memory Questions (sec.3)
00:30
Section 3 Quiz
11 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.3)
00:02
Listening Assignments (sec.3)
00:02
+ THE HARMONIC PHRASE
5 lectures 07:00

In this lecture you will learn about the four types of cadences.

Cadences
01:15

In this lecture you will learn about the three types of harmonic phrases and how their cadences or ending tonal function determine what type of phrase it is.

Preview 03:51
Memory Questions (sec.4)
00:43
Section 4 Quiz
19 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.4)
01:02
Listening Assignments (sec.4)
00:08
+ THE HARMONIC PERIOD
6 lectures 07:27

In this lecture you will learn about the harmonic period. You will also learn how the cadence determines the antecedent and consequent relationship in a period.

The Period
02:19

In this lecture you will learn about the phrase group.

The Phrase Group
01:45

In this lecture you will learn about the double period.

The Double Period
01:59
Memory Questions (sec.5)
00:42
Section 5 Quiz
12 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.5)
00:38
Listening Assignments (sec.5)
00:04
+ CHROMATIC CHORD SUBSTITUTION
5 lectures 10:03

In this lecture you will learn about chromatic chord substitution and how borrowed chords from the parallel key can take on another chords' function.

Borrowed Chords
03:56

In this lecture you will learn about altered chords. We will take a look at a common altered chord called the secondary dominant and how to use them in your progressions.

Altered Chords
04:59
Memory Questions (sec.6)
00:59
Section 6 Quiz
17 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.6)
00:02
Listening Assignments (sec.6)
00:07
+ MODULATION
8 lectures 11:34

In this lecture you will learn about modulation. You will learn about pivot chords and how to modulate using pivot chords.

Pivot Chords
03:13

In this lecture you will learn how to modulate using altered chords.

Modulation Using Altered Chords
02:04

In this lecture you will learn about pivot tones and how to modulate using a pivot tone.

Pivot Tone Modulation
01:44

In this lecture you will learn about sequential modulation.

Sequential Modulation
01:10

In this lecture you will learn about direct modulation.

Direct Modulation
01:39
Memory Questions (sec.7)
00:40
Section 7 Quiz
17 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.7)
01:00
Listening Assignments (sec.7)
00:04
+ HARMONIC RHYTHM
4 lectures 03:19
Frequency of Chord Changes
03:03
Memory Questions (sec.8)
00:11
Section 8 Quiz
11 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.8)
00:03
Listening Assignments (sec.8)
00:01
+ MUSICAL TEXTURE
9 lectures 13:35

In this lecture you will learn the definition of homophonic.

Homophonic Texture
01:21

In this lecture you will learn about a homophonic texture which uses block chord accompaniment. You will observe a few variants of block chord accompaniment.

Block Chord Accompaniment
02:24

In this lecture you will learn about a homophonic texture which uses broken chord accompaniment. You will observe a few variants of broken chord accompaniment.

Broken Chord Accompaniment
04:20

In this lecture you will learn the definition of homorhythmic and look at an example of music with a homorhythmic texture.

Homorhythmic Texture
00:54

In this lecture you will learn the definition of polyphonic and look at an example of music with a polyphonic texture.

Polyphonic Texture
01:42

In this lecture you will learn about pedal point and ostinato as accompaniments.

Other Accompaniments
02:06
Memory Questions (sec.9)
00:38
Section 9 Quiz
17 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.9)
00:03
Listening Assignments (sec.9)
00:07
+ BINARY FORM
10 lectures 18:52

In this lecture you will begin the study of compositional form. You will learn what "form" is and continue the analogy to language that we began in Music Composition 1.

Compositional Form
01:10

In this lecture you will learn about the two essential elements to form: thematic design and harmonic structure. You will be introduced to the idea of a "section". You will learn how to label sections and also begin the study of binary form.

Thematic Design & Harmonic Structure
01:43
Simple Binary
02:50
Rounded Binary
03:13
Sectional Binary
03:38
Continuous Binary
02:54

In this lecture you will learn how the four previously learned binary forms can be combined. You will also learn the terms symmetrical binary and asymmetrical binary.

Other Binary Forms
01:36
Memory Questions (sec.10)
01:17
Section 10 Quiz
25 questions
Composition Assignments (sec.10)
00:25
Listening Assignments (sec.10)
00:05