Music Theory III: Part Writing and Analysis
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Music Theory III: Part Writing and Analysis

Simplified rules of voice leading, harmonic analysis, applied dominants, characteristics of a good melody, cadences.
5.0 (3 ratings)
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Last updated 2/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Will learn to voice chords in 4-part harmony
Will learn to voice lead melodies in SATB format
Will learn to harmonize a melody utilizing figured bass
Will learn to avoid and detect common voice leading errors
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Requirements
  • This is the third course in a series. The Fundamentals and Level II Courses should be completed a prerequisites.
  • True internalization of this material requires practice
  • Ideally, students should have an MP3 player, a printer, and a piano keyboard
Description

This Part Writing and Analysis Course is the third of a series of courses that take the student from the very beginnings of musical understanding to getting an "A" in a college music theory class. You do not have to be a college student to take this course, but by the time you finish the series, it will be as if you had taken several semesters of classes. If you are going to take college music classes, this series will save you a considerable amount of stress and maybe even some tuition money.

Students who have mastered music Fundamentals and Level II courses will now apply their skills to voice leading 4 part harmony in SATB format. The common "rules" of music theory are explained as constraints. We do what we need to do to make the sounds we want to hear. We avoid the sounds that we do not want to hear. Techniques of analysis and an introduction to chromatic harmony

The Fundamentals Course covers Pitch, Staff Notation, the Piano Keyboard, Modes, Major Scales and Key Signatures.

The Intermediate Course covers Intervals, Minor Keys and Scales, Triads, Seventh Chords, Figured Bass, Roman Numeral Analysis, Time Signatures, Meter, Rhythm, Melodic Dictation

This Advanced Course covers 4-part (SATB) Voice Leading, Analytical Techniques, and Chromatic Harmony

The Lectures can be viewed in an afternoon. However, as with many subjects, it is the consistent practice that internalizes the knowledge so that it becomes second nature. To this end I have included dozens of worksheets and audio files for practice with each lesson. Working with a friend, parent, or partner can be very effective in keeping this practice motivated.

You will need a printer and an MP3 player of some kind to do the practice work. Having a piano keyboard nearby to practice on will also greatly accelerate learning. Mastery of the the complete series may take as little as six months or as long as two years. The Part Writing and Analysis Course is normally taught in 9-18 weeks.

Who is the target audience?
  • Any student preparing to be a music major
  • Any student struggling to understand music theory
  • Any busy teacher who needs a complete music theory course; ready to go, complete with lessons, homework, and assessments.
  • Anyone who thinks learning music theory is too difficult or too complicated... it's not.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 15 Lectures Collapse All 15 Lectures 01:26:11
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Part Writing/Voice Leading Lessons
5 Lectures 38:53
Part Writing is the skill of writing harmonic lines that sound well together. This is where many students get confused by all of the rules. Here, they are all boiled down to only 10 constraints. In this first lecture, you will learn the fundamentals of melodic construction. Download the Lesson Guide.
Preview 11:41

Melody and Form

Melody and Form Quiz
20 questions

Learn how to deal with notes that do not belong to the chord.
Part Writing Part 2: Non Harmonic Tones
09:12

Non Harmonic Tone Quiz

Non Harmonic Tone Quiz
15 questions

Learn the different types of cadences, the chord patterns that tell our ears that we are at the end of a phrase.
Part Writing 3: Cadence
04:10

Cadence Quiz

Cadence Quiz
7 questions

Learn how to voice a chord for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass (SATB) Choir.
Part Writing Part 4: Chord Voicing
06:35

Voicing Quiz

Voicing Quiz
10 questions

Learn the principals of Voice Leading, how to properly move from one chord to the next.
Part Writing Part 5: Voice Leading
07:15

Voice Leading Quiz

Voice Leading Quiz
11 questions
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Part Writing/Voice Leading Practice Exercises
4 Lectures 23:36
Part Writing Practice #1. Download and print the worksheet. Write out the missing voice parts. Download and print the answer key. Watch the lecture for a thorough explanation of the solution.
Part Writing Exercise 1: Major Key
07:20

Part Writing Practice #2. Download and print the worksheet. Write out the missing voice parts. Download and print the answer key. Watch the lecture for a thorough explanation of the solution.
Part Writing Exercise 2: Minor Key
05:42

Part Writing Practice #3. Download and print the worksheet. Write out the missing voice parts. Download and print the answer key. Watch the lecture for a thorough explanation of the solution.
Part Writing Exercise 3: Inversions
05:06

Part Writing Practice #4. Download and print the worksheet. Write out the missing voice parts. Download and print the answer key. Watch the lecture for a thorough explanation of the solution.
Part Writing Exercise 4: Seventh Chords
05:28
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Analyses
4 Lectures 18:15
Download and print the Analysis Worksheet and mark in your work. Download and print the key. Watch the lecture for a thorough explanation of the analysis.
Preview 03:35

Download and print the Analysis Worksheet and mark in your work. Download and print the key. Watch the lecture for a thorough explanation of the analysis.
Analysis #2: "Nun danket alle Gott"
07:07

Download and print the Analysis Worksheet and mark in your work. Download and print the key. Watch the lecture for a thorough explanation of the analysis.
Analysis #3: "Sonata K.457"
04:25

Download and print the Analysis Worksheet and mark in your work. Download and print the key. Watch the lecture for a thorough explanation of the analysis.
Analysis #4: "Sonata in C Major"
03:08
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Introduction to Chromaticism
2 Lectures 05:27

Using harmonies from the parallel minor mode.

Mode Borrowing
01:02

Learning to recognize dominant chords from foreign keys.

Tonicization: Secondary/Applied Dominants
04:25
About the Instructor
David Spondike, Ph.D.
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“When you get an educator that can teach high school students how to successfully learn college material before they graduate, that is actually in some ways even superior to what a professor does. It's just a testimony to his skill and what he's doing in the classroom. If I'm going to recommend a student to a person, I'm going to recommend them to a person that gets results. Without hesitation I would recommend Dave." ~Michael S.

With over 17 years of college and high school classroom experience as a music theory teacher, a Masters degree in Music Education and a Doctorate degree in Music Theory and Composition, Dr. Spondike can make music theory understandable without memorizing hundreds of rules. Private online instruction is available. Message me for pricing or to arrange a private Skype lesson. Professional Development packages available.