Music Composition 2
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Music Composition 2

Harmony and Compositional Form
4.7 (47 ratings)
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What Will I Learn?
172 Diagrams and Audio Samples (to illustrate concepts taught)
123 Memory Questions (to reinforce concepts taught)
49 Composition Assignments (to practice the concepts taught)
38 Listening Assignments
14 Quizzes
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 basic music notation software.
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Requirements
  • A computer with internet connection, screen, and speakers.
  • 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)
  • Some type of music notation software. The notation software demonstrated in this course is the Finale NotePad software. NotePad is a very basic music notation program and has all the necessary functions for a beginning composition student. An important part of music composition is getting your music to paper, and so this course will also develop the students’ ability to properly notate their music. This software not only prints professional looking sheet music, it also allows the student to hear their compositions as they are writing them. You can read more about NotePad and download it for FREE at: www.finalemusic.com/NotePad
  • 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. (If you would like to read rather than watch videos, each lecture can also be found in .pdf format under the downloadable materials tab) 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 (who have taken both Music Composition 1 and Music Composition 2) will have composed a number of entire pieces in various compositional forms.

The length of time needed to complete the course depends on how much time is spent each day/week on the material. To complete all the assignments in each section, a suggested pace might be 1-2 weeks per section. (There are 14 sections.)

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 is the target audience?
  • 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!
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Expand All 48 Lectures Collapse All 48 Lectures 01:46:54
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TONAL FUNCTION
4 Lectures 02:50

A brief overview of how the course is structured.

Introduction
4 pages

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.

Chords of the Scale
1 page

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
3 pages

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

Section 1 Quiz
20 questions
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DIATONIC CHORD SUBSTITUTION
3 Lectures 10:27

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

Preview 03:21

In this lecture you will learn how to express the basic chord progression structure using the formula "T - PD - D - T". You will learn how to use the function Venn diagram to create chord progressions that conform to this formula. You will also learn which chords typically follow particular chords from the scale.

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

Section 2 Quiz
19 questions
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DEVELOPING HARMONIC PROGRESSIONS
4 Lectures 07:28

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

Section 3 Quiz
11 questions
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THE HARMONIC PHRASE
2 Lectures 05:05

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 03:50

Section 4 Quiz
19 questions
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THE HARMONIC PERIOD
3 Lectures 06:03

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

Section 5 Quiz
12 questions
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CHROMATIC CHORD SUBSTITUTION
2 Lectures 03:56

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 continue learning about chromatic chord substitution. You will learn about altered chords (specifically secondary dominants) and how to use them in your chord progressions. You will also learn about tonicization.

Altered Chords
4 pages

Section 6 Quiz
17 questions
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MODULATION
5 Lectures 06:37

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

Pivot Chords
3 pages

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

Section 7 Quiz
17 questions
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HARMONIC RHYTHM
1 Lecture 00:00

In this lecture you will learn about harmonic rhythm. You will also look at four tips for deciding the harmonic rhythm of a piece.

Frequency of Chord Changes
5 pages

Section 8 Quiz
11 questions
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MUSICAL TEXTURE
6 Lectures 12:47

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

Section 9 Quiz
17 questions
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BINARY FORM
7 Lectures 04:29

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

In this lecture you will learn about simple binary form and how it is determined by thematic design. You will also analyze a piece of music written in simple binary form.

Simple Binary
2 pages

In this lecture you will learn about rounded binary form; how it is determined by thematic design and how it differs from simple binary form. You will also analyze a piece of music written in rounded binary form.

Rounded Binary
2 pages

In this lecture you will learn about sectional binary form and how it is determined by harmonic structure. You will also analyze a piece of music written in sectional binary form.

Sectional Binary
2 pages

In this lecture you will learn about continuous binary form and how it is determined by harmonic structure. You will also analyze a piece of music written in continuous binary form.

Continuous Binary
2 pages

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

Section 10 Quiz
25 questions
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About the Instructor
Jonathan Peters
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2,249 Students
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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 fromSchool Library Journal and is carried in libraries throughout the country.