Four-part Harmony
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Four-part Harmony

Learn the fundamentals of writing in four-parts
4.3 (21 ratings)
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197 students enrolled
Created by Jonathan Peters
Last updated 8/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 23 mins on-demand video
  • 15 Articles
  • 42 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn the basic guidelines and techniques of four-part writing.
  • By the end of the course you will be writing assignments for four parts.
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Requirements
  • A computer or portable device with internet connection. A printer if you wish to print the assignments.
  • A basic knowledge of music theory and music composition. If you do not already have a rudimentary understanding of music theory and music composition, it is recommended that you take a theory and composition course before beginning this course. (See “Music Theory”, “Music Composition 1” and “Music Composition 2” by the same author.)
  • Paper and pencil or some type of music notation software. Finale NotePad software is free. You can read more about NotePad and download it at: www.finalemusic.com/NotePad
  • Although not a necessity, it is very beneficial to have some ability to play the piano (or other instrument) .
Description

Students from my other courses (Music Composition 1, Music Composition 2, and Music Theory) have been requesting that I create a course on writing four-part harmony. This course is an answer to that request.

The course is divided into 8 sections. Each lecture within a section covers a different topic or concept. Most of the lectures are in video format. Since some students prefer to read at their own pace rather than watch a video, I have included the option of downloading lectures in text format. Study all lectures in the section before taking the quiz for the section. After you have passed the quiz complete the assignment(s).

All of the assignments can be downloaded. You can print them and complete them with pencil, or if you prefer, some of the assignments can be done using notation software. If you do not have notation software, you can download Finale NotePad for free at www.finalemusic (.com).  

Please complete the lessons in order, as earlier concepts taught are needed to complete the later lessons.

Important: This is not a music theory course or a music composition course. These subjects have been covered by the author in Music TheoryMusic Composition 1, and Music Composition 2. This course covers only the fundamentals of four-part writing. In order to get the most out of this course you should already possess a basic understanding of music theory and music composition.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone wanting to learn how to write for four-parts.
  • Every student of music!
  • Beginning Composers/Songwriters
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Curriculum For This Course
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VOCAL RANGE & SCORE TYPES
4 Lectures 03:55

Information on the two ways to take the course and a brief introduction to why this method is being used to teach four-part harmony.

Introduction
00:59

In this lecture you will learn the vocal ranges for each voice type.

Preview 00:56

In this lecture you will learn the difference between an open and a short score and how to properly notate both.

Preview 01:48

Quiz 1
23 questions

At the end of each section you will complete assignments that cover the topics learned in the section.

Assignments for Section 1
00:11
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SPACING & POSITION
3 Lectures 03:37

In this lecture you will learn how the amount of distance between voices affects the texture. You will also learn guidelines for the maximum amount of distance between voice types.

Spacing Between Voices
01:27

In the lecture you will learn the difference between open and close position and how these positions affect texture.

Open & Close Position
01:51

Quiz 2
14 questions

At the end of each section you will complete assignments that cover the topics learned in the section.

Assignments for Section 2
00:19
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VOICE MOVEMENT
2 Lectures 02:59

In this lecture you will learn how voices interact with one another through the four types of simultaneous motion and also which types of simultaneous motion have the greatest independence.

Preview 02:47

Quiz 3
15 questions

At the end of each section you will complete assignments that cover the topics learned in the section.

Assignments for Section 3
00:12
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PARALLELS
3 Lectures 03:40

In this lecture you will learn why you should avoid certain types of parallel motion.

Preview 02:14

In this lecture you will learn that compound intervals must follow the same guidelines for parallel motion.

Compound Intervals
01:14

Quiz 4
10 questions

At the end of each section you will complete assignments that cover the topics learned in the section.

Assignments for Section 4
00:12
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VOICE LEADING
5 Lectures 04:16

In this lecture you will learn the definition of voice leading.

What is Voice Leading?
01:08

In this lecture you will learn the a principle of good voice leading called "common tone".

Common Tone
00:37

In this lecture you will learn the definition of overlapping and why overlapping should be avoided.

Overlapping
01:23

In this lecture you will learn the definition of crossing and why crossing should be avoided.

Preview 00:56

Quiz 5
18 questions

At the end of each section you will complete assignments that cover the topics learned in the section.

Assignments for Section 5
00:12
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DOUBLING & OMITTING
3 Lectures 03:17

In this lecture you will learn the guidelines for doubling pitches.

Doubling
02:02

In this lecture you will learn the guidelines for omitting pitches.

Omitting
00:56

Quiz 6
23 questions

At the end of each section you will complete assignments that cover the topics learned in the section.

Assignments for Section 6
00:19
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MELODIC MOTION
3 Lectures 04:36

In this lecture you will learn about conjunct motion, disjunct motion and repeated tones.

Preview 02:01

In this lecture you will learn how to use disjunct motion in your melodies.

Use of Disjunct Motion
02:23

Quiz 7
18 questions

At the end of each section you will complete assignments that cover the topics learned in the section.

Assignments for Section 7
00:12
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HOW PARTS FUNCTION
7 Lectures 04:56

A brief intro to part function.

Roles
00:14

In this lecture you will learn the characteristics of a typical soprano line.

Soprano
01:13

In this lecture you will learn the characteristics of a typical bass line.

Bass
00:51

In this lecture you will learn the characteristics of a typical alto or tenor line.

Inner Voices
01:17

A preparation for the final assignments.

Putting it All Together
00:55

Quiz 8
15 questions

At the end of each section you will complete assignments that cover the topics learned in the section.

Assignments for Section 8
00:16

Congratulations!
00:08
About the Instructor
Jonathan Peters
4.6 Average rating
386 Reviews
2,971 Students
4 Courses
Award-winning Composer

Jonathan Peters is an award-winning composer currently residing in the beautiful state of Colorado. Since 1990 he has worked as composer, director, arranger, recording artist, educator and author. Mr. Peters holds a B.A. in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College and continued his graduate work at California State University Northridge where he studied advanced composition, theory, orchestration, and film scoring.

Mr. Peters’ music has been performed both internationally and by orchestras across the U.S., having won many awards and recognitions including 1st place in the 1996 Composers Today Contest. He has completed nearly 50 works including 2 full length operas, a symphony, orchestral works, chamber music, choral pieces, and works for solo piano. Mr. Peters’ music can be heard on the radio, and his many albums sell in stores world-wide.

He is also the author of the Scholastic Music Series, a collection of educational CDs that use music as a tool to teach various academic subjects. The series has received starred reviews from School Library Journal and is carried in libraries throughout the country.