Each week, I will post a lecture on the topic, and a work sheet reviewing this weeks key concepts. Often times I will also proved a practice sheet, to allow you to work on the concepts at home. Sadly I just don’t have the time to “grade assignments” but I will answer questions if you send them to me. Don't be upset if it takes me a couple days to get back to you, it doesn't mean I don't love you, it just means I'm probably buried under a digital stack of emails, or I'm behind on a work deadline. Sadly I only have a limited amount of time at my disposal and creating video lectures take a lot of time as I have discovered, so I apologies if the film footage is a bit relaxed. I will try hard to make the videos informative and enjoyable.
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You must already know the note names, know sharps and flats, and be able to read music in both treble and bass clef. Be able to read basic rhythms. Note: I use the American terms for note length: quarter note, half note etc, and not the British terms: crotchet and minim.
Course Calendar: Week 1: Intervals Week 2: Rhythm and Meter Week 3: Tonality, Scales, Circle of 5ths and Modes Week 4: Voice leading and species counterpoint. Week 5: Diatonic Triads and 7th Chords, inversions. Week 6: Basics of connecting chords together. Week 7: Exploration of Tonic and Dominant Triads in Root position Week 8: Inversions Week 9: Secondary Dominants, Weeks following are to TBA: Other topics to be covered: Choral writing, Neopolitan 6ths, Augmented 6th chords (tritone substitutions). Modulation to closely related keys. Modulation to distantly related keys. Jazz and extended Harmonies. Diatonic Framework
Master's Degree in Music Composition from the University of Hartford, Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from Washington State University. Adjunct Professor of Music at Three Rivers Community College, and Middlesex Community College.