Music Theory Comprehensive: Part 8 - Harmonic Expansion
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Music Theory Comprehensive: Part 8 - Harmonic Expansion

How to create tension and resolution by suspending the tonic and dominant areas in a musical composition
4.8 (7 ratings)
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Created by Jason Allen
Last updated 9/2017
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 8 Articles
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Master college-level Music Theory Class
  • Compose music in the style of Bach and other Baroque composers
  • Compose music in the style of many 18th Century Composers
  • Create more emotional music using suspensions, resolutions, and non-chord tones effectively
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Requirements
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 1 - How To Read Music will benefit from some concepts, but it is not required.
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 2 - Chords, Scales, and Keys will benefit from some concepts, but it is not required.
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 3 - Minor Keys and More will benefit from some concepts, but it is not required.\
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 4 - Modes and Counterpoint and More will benefit from some concepts, but it is not required.
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 5 - Counterpoint Complete will benefit from some concepts, but it is not required.
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 6 - SATB Composition will benefit from some concepts, but it is not required.
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 7 - Harmonization will benefit from some concepts, but it is not required.
  • This courses assumes students know the basics of how to read music. (Those who can not identify notes in treble clef should start with Music Theory Comprehensive Part 1)
Description

For years I've been teaching Music Theory in the college classroom. These classes I'm making for Udemy use the same syllabus I've used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost. I believe anyone can learn Music Theory - and cost shouldn't be a barrier.

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I'm taking those classes to Udemy in an online format in order to reach more students, and give them the joy of Music Theory.

My approach to music theory is to minimize the memorization. Most of these concepts you can learn by just understanding why chords behave in certain ways. Once you understand those concepts, you can find any scale, key, or chord that exists. Even invent your own.

This class is a Comprehensive class - it will have many parts, going through my entire annual curriculum.

This class is Part 8: Harmonic Expansion, and it continues what would be the second semester of a college music theory class (according to the typical American academic system for learning music theory).

Throughout this class, I'll be providing you with many worksheets for you to practice the concepts on. If you get stuck, you can review the videos or post a question, and I'll back to it as fast as possible. Also in this class I have several complete analysis projects that we will complete together - just like in my college classes.

In this class, we will cover:

  • Tools of Music Theory
  • The Cadential 6/4
  • Chord Function
  • Writing Cadential 6/4 Chords
  • Neighboring 6/4 Chords
  • Pedal 6/4 Chords
  • Writing Neighboring 6/4 Chords
  • The Arpeggiating 6/4 Chord
  • Parallelism in Music
  • New Analysis Notations
  • The V7 as a Tonic Expansion
  • Other V7 Expansions
  • The Double-Neighbor V7 Expansion
  • Submediant Expansions
  • ...and much, much more!


And of course, once you sign up for Part 8 - Harmonic Expansion you automatically get huge discounts to all the upcoming parts of this class.

You will not have another opportunity to learn Music Theory in a more comprehensive way than this. 

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top200 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

"Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you wait for!"

"Amazing - Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I'm so happy! Learnt loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!"

"I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."

"I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!"

"I've watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!"

"Clear and Informative - Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!"

"Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn't aware of."

"The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don't want to know."

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for anyone who has wondered about music theory and is ready to fully explore it.
  • Songwriters, producers, and instrumentalists will benefit from this course by understanding music on a deeper level.
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Curriculum For This Course
39 Lectures
02:09:21
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Introduction & Overview
6 Lectures 10:55


Download: Staff Paper
00:06

Review Session - Examine Your Worksheets
01:42

The Full MuseScore File
01:52

Download: The Master Example File
00:03
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The Cadential 6/4 Chord
7 Lectures 23:44

Chord "Function"
03:20

Dominant Expansion
02:45

Example: My Country Tis of Thee
08:45

Download: My Country Tis of Thee Files
00:03

Writing Cadential 6/4 Chords
02:52

Download: Worksheet No. 1
00:07
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Neighboring or Pedal 6/4 Chords
5 Lectures 15:27

Properties of a Neighboring 6/4 Chord
05:03

Using Neighboring 6/4 Chords on the Dominant
03:27

Writing Neighboring 6/4 Chords
02:56

Download: Worksheet No. 2
00:07
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Arpeggiating 6/4 Chords
3 Lectures 09:35

Example: My Country Tis of Thee (again)
05:32

Download: Worksheet No. 3
00:07
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The Passing 6/4
5 Lectures 14:44

Using the Passing 6/4 on Other Chords
02:42

Writing Passing 6/4 Chords
02:31

6/4 Chord Wrap Up
02:03

Download: Worksheet No. 4
00:07
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Other Expansions of the Tonic
10 Lectures 51:07

"Schenkerian Analysis"
06:09

Parallelism
06:23

Rule for Subdominant Function
04:07

New Analysis Notations
04:48

The V7 as an Expansion of Tonic
08:54

Other V7 Expansions
06:36


Submediant Expansions
06:25

Thoughts on Expansion Chords
01:57
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Wrap Up
3 Lectures 03:49
What's Next?
01:45

Thanks for Watching!
01:33

Bonus Lecture: Discount Offers & Mailing List
00:31
About the Instructor
Jason Allen
4.6 Average rating
6,703 Reviews
38,695 Students
65 Courses
Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.

J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music.

J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.

If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)