Harmony

DEGREE PROGRAMS

Harmony

Course Numbering

The 100- and 200-numbered courses are lower division courses. The 300- and 400-numbered courses are upper division courses.

Western European Harmonic
Practice from 1600 to 1820
3 credits, 3 hours lecture
Focusing on compositions from the Baroque and Classical periods, this first-semester course covers preparatory material for the study of harmony, figured bass, harmonization of melodies, voice leading, cadences, theory of chord progression, chord progressions in the diatonic major and minor, chord inversions, and an introduction to analysis.

HAR390B
Western European Harmonic
Practice from 1820 to the Present
3 credits, 3 hours lecture
Focusing on compositional styles of the Romantic and Contemporary Periods, this second-semester course covers formal analysis, advanced techniques related to sequences, mixture, Neapolitan chords, augmented 6th chords, diatonic and chromatic modulation, and twelve-tone techniques.

HAR390C
20th Century Harmony
3 credits, 3 hours lecture
A course examining works by the major composers of western art music from the beginning of the 20th century to today. Analysis of the theories behind various post-tonal approaches. Coursework focuses on short composition exercises utilizing the various practices studied. Emphasis is on integrating these tools into students’ own work. The final project is a short composition read by a professional ensemble. Prerequisites: HAR390B. Concurrent enrollment in PRF390 also recommended.

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