Lectures will include explanation of material by the instructor and practice by the student in the form of exercises.
- Melody: review of tonal scales; introduction to modes and other types of scales such as pentatonic and blues; the role of motive, sequence, and non-chord tones in melodic construction.
- Rhythm: review of simple and compound metres; introduction to additive and asymmetrical metres; the role of syncopation and repetition in rhythmic construction.
- Harmony: continuing study of triads and seventh chords in root position and inversion; basic harmonic progressions and cadences; roman-numeral chord symbols; lead sheet chord symbols.
- Texture and Timbre: techniques for analyzing various types of scores (such as piano, piano/vocal, choral, instrumental ensemble, and orchestral); introduction to transposing instruments and instrumental transcription.
- Structure: continuing study of phrase and period structures; simple instrumental forms; song forms such as strophic, through-composed, 12-bar blues, 16-bar and 32-bar popular song forms.
- Song writing: basic aspects of melodic and rhythmic organization, harmonic structure, text setting, and accompaniment; short compositional exercises.
At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the resources of diatonic harmony, structural units and small forms, and the basic components of song, as represented in the following tasks:
- Provide a harmonic analysis of a given passage of music.
- Provide a structural analysis of a given passage of music.
- Provide written answers (definitions, explanation, descriptions, etc.) about any area of content.
|Regular homework checks (minimum of ten)||10%|
|Assignments and Quizzes (minimum of ten)||30%|
|Major Tests (minimum of three)||30%|
|Final Project (song writing or song analysis)||10%|
A required text with a variety of score study examples, such as the following:
- Straus, Joseph N. Elements of Music, 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.
- A required anthology of popular song such as one of the following titles from the Hal-Leonard Paperback Songs series: Broadway Songs, Jazz Standards, The Rock and Roll Collection, Classic Rock, or Pop Rock.
- Supplementary material will be provided to the students as needed.