Music Theory

Course Syllabus (Link to Google Drive)

Unit 1: Fundamentals of Music

I. Elements of Pitch

  • Clefs and Pitch
  • Key Signatures & Scales
  • Intervals (Ascending/Descending, Quality, Consonant vs. Dissonant)

II. Elements of Rhythm

  • beat and tempo
  • simple vs. compound meter
  • durational symbols

III. Intro to Triads & 7th Chords

IV. Diatonic Chords in Major & minor mode

Ear Training (materials compiled by the instructor)

    • Intervals
    • Triad Chord Quality
    • Triad Chord Inversion
    • 7th Chord Quality
    • 7th Chord Inversion

Unit 2: Diatonic Triads

V. Principles of Voice Leading

VI. Root Position Part Writing

VII. Harmonic Progression

VIII. Triads in First Inversion

IX. Triads in Second Inversion

X. Cadences, Phrases, and Periods

XI. Non-Chord Tones 1

XII. Non-Chord Tones 2

Unit 3: Diatonic Seventh Chords

XIII. The V7 Chord

XIV. The II7 and VII7 Chords

XV. Other Diatonic Seventh Chords

Unit 4: Chromaticism 1

XV. Secondary Functions

XVI. Secondary Functions 2

XVIII. Modulations Using Diatonic Common Chords

XIX. Some Other Modulatory Techniques

XX. Binary and Ternary Form

Unit 5: Chromaticism 2

XXI. Mode Mixture

XXII. The Neapolitan Chord

XXIII. Augmented Sixth Chords 1

XXIV. Augment Sixth Chords 2

XXV. Enharmonic Spellings and Enharmonic Modulations

XXVI. Further Elements of the Harmonic Vocabulary

Unit 6: Late Romanticism and the 20th Century

XXVII. Tonal Harmony in the Late 19th Century

XXVIII. Intro to 20th Century Music

Appendices A, B, C, D

MuseScore is a free web based notation software similar to NoteFlight. Composers can also share their compositions in an online database.