Music Theory III: Part Writing and Analysis

Simplified rules of voice leading, harmonic analysis, applied dominants, characteristics of a good melody, cadences.
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Instructed by David Spondike, Ph.D. Music / Other
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Expert Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2014 English

Course 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.

What are the 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What 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

Section 1: Part Writing/Voice Leading Lessons
11:41
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.
20 questions

Melody and Form

09:12
Learn how to deal with notes that do not belong to the chord.
15 questions

Non Harmonic Tone Quiz

04:10
Learn the different types of cadences, the chord patterns that tell our ears that we are at the end of a phrase.
7 questions

Cadence Quiz

06:35
Learn how to voice a chord for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass (SATB) Choir.
10 questions

Voicing Quiz

07:15
Learn the principals of Voice Leading, how to properly move from one chord to the next.
11 questions

Voice Leading Quiz

Section 2: Part Writing/Voice Leading Practice Exercises
07:20
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.
05:42
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.
05:06
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.
05:28
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.
Section 3: Analyses
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.
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.
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.
03:08
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.
Section 4: Introduction to Chromaticism
01:02

Using harmonies from the parallel minor mode.

04:25

Learning to recognize dominant chords from foreign keys.

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Instructor Biography

David Spondike, Ph.D., Music Theory Instructor

“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.

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