Music Theory Comprehensive: Part 5 - Counterpoint Complete
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Music Theory Comprehensive: Part 5 - Counterpoint Complete

A Complete College-Level Music Theory Curriculum. This is Part 5 - Counterpoint Complete
4.8 (34 ratings)
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Created by Jason Allen
Last updated 1/2017
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 7 Articles
  • 7 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
  • 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.
  • 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 5: Counterpoint Complete, and it finishes what would be the first semester of a college music theory class.

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:

  • My approach to Music Theory
  • Tools of Counterpoint
  • Second Species Counterpoint
  • Metric Accents and Diminutions 
  • Resolutions
  • Passing Tones
  • Consonant Skips and Leaps
  • Neighbor Tones
  • Writing Compelling Melodies
  • Third Species Counterpoint
  • The Cambiata
  • Double Neighbor Tones
  • Fourth Species Counterpoint
  • Rhythmic Displacement
  • Suspensions
  • 4-3, 7-6, and 9-8 Suspension Types
  • Consonant Suspensions
  • Chains of Suspensions
  • Fifth Species Counterpoint
  • Free Counterpoint
  • Worksheets and Music for Practice
  • ...and much, much more!

And of course, once you sign up for Part 5 - Counterpoint Complete 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. Start here.

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
03:01:11
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Welcome
5 Lectures 22:33

First things first! An overview of what we are going to cover in this class.

Preview 05:12

I like to start this class by talking about some important tools - both software and not. 

Preview 03:26

Download this staff paper and print it out so you have some to take notes on.

[DOWNLOAD] Staff Paper
00:06

In previous theory classes, we talked about Modes. This is a quick refresher.

Review: Modes
03:49

In the last theory class we started learning First Species Counterpoint. This class will build on that, so lets start off with a quick review.

Review: First Species Counterpoint
10:00
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Second Species Counterpoint
4 Lectures 15:15

First, we need to learn the new rule of 2-to-1, and the complications that it brings.

Preview 04:10

Because we have more notes now, we have to deal with accented beats.

Metric accents and diminutions
04:52

More notes means more dissonances, and that means more resolutions.

Resolutions
03:52

A summary of the rules of second species counterpoint.

Second Species Counterpoint rules summary
02:21
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Melodic Embellishment in Second Species Counterpoint
4 Lectures 19:18

We have more ways in second species that we can go into and out of dissonances.

Preview 07:39

Because we have more notes to deal with, sometimes we can make a consonant skip or leap.

Preview 04:35

A neighbor tone is a fun trick you can put into your counterpoint projects.

Preview 07:00

Here is a worksheet for you to download and use to practice. The answers are at the bottom, so check your work - and make sure you are understanding the concepts so far. 

Preview 00:04
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Writing Second Species Counterpoint
5 Lectures 35:22

Just like before, we can easily start with our first and last measures.

Preview 07:12

It is important to remember that we need to make this sound interesting. 

The Melody Notes
11:40

While working we also need to consider our vertical harmony.

Harmony
10:09

A quick summary of what we've learned in this section.

Summary and Tips
06:17

Here is a worksheet for you to download and use to practice. The answers are at the bottom, so check your work - and make sure you are understanding the concepts so far. 

[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 2
00:04
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Third Species Counterpoint
4 Lectures 19:28

The big thing in third species counterpoint is four-to-one.

Four-to-One Counterpoint
11:03

The Cambiata is a dissonance/resolution move we can make to add interest.

The Cambiata
03:17

Like the neighbor tone, but double!

Double Neighbor Tones
05:04

Here is a worksheet for you to download and use to practice. The answers are at the bottom, so check your work - and make sure you are understanding the concepts so far. 

[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 3
00:04
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Fourth Species Counterpoint
10 Lectures 43:29

Rhythmic displacement gives us a new sense of rhythm and sets up suspensions.

Rhythmic Displacement
09:10

One a note starts as a consonant but becomes a dissonant, it is a suspension.

Suspensions
04:08

Fourth species has a tendency to always be moving downward. In this video we will talk about how to deal with that.

"Going Downhill"
03:04

One of the three most common types of suspensions.

4-3 Suspensions
04:01

One of the three most common types of suspensions.

7-6 Suspensions
03:27

One of the three most common types of suspensions.

9-8 Suspensions
04:30

Sometimes a suspension will be between two consonant notes.

Consonant Suspensions
05:56

Some tips on writing chains of suspensions. 

Chains of Suspensions
05:16

Lets review the rules of fourth species all together.

Summary of 4th Species Rules
03:53

Here is a worksheet for you to download and use to practice. The answers are at the bottom, so check your work - and make sure you are understanding the concepts so far. 

[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 4
00:04
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Fifth Species Counterpoint
4 Lectures 20:14

Fifth species is also sometimes called "Free Counterpoint".

Free Counterpoint
06:44

Fifth species gets complicated because we have too many options.

Writing Free Counterpoint
11:54

Fux is the guy who literally wrote the book on this stuff.

A Brief History of Fux
01:32

Here is a worksheet for you to download and use to practice. The answers are at the bottom, so check your work - and make sure you are understanding the concepts so far. 

[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 5
00:04
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Wrap Up
3 Lectures 05:33

There is still more counterpoint you could learn.

What Comes Next?
02:59

Thats it! Some parting words before we end.

Thanks and Bye!
02:03

You've come this far... maybe you are willing to keep going?

Bonus Lecture: Discount Offers & Mailing List
00:31
About the Instructor
Jason Allen
4.6 Average rating
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36,306 Students
63 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.)