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MUSIC 2CC3A Harmony

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Woolhouse


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 428

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23669

Office Hours: Term 1: Monday 12.30-1.30, Friday 11.30-12.30. Term 2: Wednesday 8.30-9.30, Friday 10.30-11.30

Course Objectives:

2CC3 is a continuation of the Year-1 harmony course 1CC3, and comprises a series of assignments, in-class tests, a midterm project in Term 2 and a final exam in April 2016. Course topics include figuration, leading tone seventh chords, mixture, applied V and VII, diatonic modulation, seventh chords with added dissonance, Phrygian II, augmented sixths, and extended chromaticism.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Matthew Woolhouse. Second-Level Harmony: An eBook Designed to Accompany Music 2CC3.

(downloadable eBook)

Method of Assessment:

Assignments (12 x 5% each) 60%

Midterm tests (2 x 5% each) 10%

Midterm project (Term 2) 10%

Attendance and participation (Terms 1 and 2) 5%

Final exam 15%

Total 100%


Class # Date Topic Assignment #, Tests, Projects and Exams
C01 C02
#1 9 Sept 9 Sept Introduction  
#2 11 Sept 14 Sept Melodic Figuration  
#3 16 Sept 16 Sept #1 (due 23 Sept)
#4 18 Sept 21 Sept  
#5 23 Sept 23 Sept Rhythmic Figuration #2 (due 30 Sept)
#6 25 Sept 28 Sept  
#7 30 Sept 30 Sept Leading-Tone Seventh Chords #3 (due 7 Oct)
#8 2 Oct 5 Oct  
#9 7 Oct 7 Oct Mixture #4 (due 21 Oct)
#10 9 Oct 19 Oct  
#11 21 Oct 21 Oct Other Seventh Chords #5 (due 28 Oct)
#12 23 Oct 26 Oct  
#13 28 Oct 28 Oct Midterm Test #1 Prep  
#14 30 Oct 2 Nov Midterm Test #1
#15 4 Nov 4 Nov Applied V and VII  
#16 6 Nov 9 Nov  
#17 11 Nov 11 Nov #6 (due 18 Nov)
#18 13 Nov 16 Nov Diatonic Modulation  
#19 18 Nov 18 Nov #7 (due 25 Nov)
#20 20 Nov 23 Nov  
#21 25 Nov 25 Nov Midterm Test #2 Prep #8 (due 2 Dec)
#22 27 Nov 30 Nov Midterm Test #2
#23 2 Dec 2 Dec Term Review  
#24 4 Dec 7 Dec #9 (due 6 Jan)
Holiday recess 21 Dec-5 Jan  
#25 6 Jan 6 Jan Chords With Added Dissonance  
#26 13 Jan 13 Jan #10 (due 27 Jan)
#27 20 Jan 20 Jan  
#28 27 Jan 27 Jan Phrygian II (Neapolitan) #11 (due 10 Feb)
#29 3 Feb 3 Feb  
#30 10 Feb 10 Feb Mid-Term Project (due 24 Feb)
#31 24 Feb 24 Feb Augmented Sixth Chords  
#32 2 Mar 2 Mar #12 (due 16 March)
#33 9 Mar 9 Mar  
#34 16 Mar 16 Mar Other Chromatic Chords #13 (due 30 Mar)
#35 23 Mar 23 Mar  
#36 30 Mar 30 Mar Final Exam Prep  
#37 6 Apr 6 Apr  
Final Exam 12-29 Apr TBA

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late assignments will not be accepted unless accompanied by a medical certificate, or with the prior consent of the instructor. Regular attendance is essential; 5% of the final course mark depends upon attendance and in-class participation. Late submission of assignments will result in a deduction of 1 point per day.

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Topics and Readings:


1. Melodic Figuration

2. Rhythmic Figuration

3. Leading-Tone Seventh Chords

4. Mixture

5. Other Seventh Chords

6. Applied V and VII

7. Diatonic Modulation

8. Chords With Added Dissonance

9. Phrygian II

10. Augmented 6th Chords

11. Other Chromatic Chords

Other Course Information:

Lecture notes will be posted on Avenue to Learn throughout the course ( Assignments, also posted on Avenue to Learn, are to be printed and completed using pencil. Assignments will be evaluated on the basis of content and presentation. The assignment with the lowest mark will be dropped; therefore, out of 13 assignments only 12 will count towards the final grade. 

Please bring manuscript paper to all classes.