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.
Melody and Form
Non Harmonic Tone Quiz
Voice Leading Quiz
Using harmonies from the parallel minor mode.
Learning to recognize dominant chords from foreign keys.
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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.