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MUSIC 2D03A Keyboard 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 12.30-13.30, Friday 11.30-12.30. Term 2: Wednesday 8.30-9.30, Friday 10.30-11.30

Course Objectives:

This course is designed to develop the following keyboard-related skills: melody harmonisation; figured bass; transposition; reading scores and music containing different clefs. 

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

David Ledbetter (1999). Continuo Playing According to Handel: His Figured Bass Exercises. Clarendon Press.

Available from the campus bookstore.

Method of Assessment:

In-class assessments (10 x 7.5% each): 75%

Tutorial attendance, participation and progress (Terms 1 and 2): 25%

Total 100%

Note: The instructor will have returned  in excess of 10% of the course grade before March 11, 2016.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Students are only permitted to miss course assessments by submitting a McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF), or by providing the instructor with medical evidence to support their absence. Regular attendance is essential; 25% of the final course mark depends upon attendance, in-class participation and progress throughout the course. Students who miss an assessment and who fail to submit an MSAF or provide sufficient medical evidence to support their absence will forfeit all the marks associated with that assessment.

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The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

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Modification of course outlines

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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

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Topics and Readings:

Term 1:

1. Melody Harmonisation 1

2. Clef Reading 1

3. Figured Bass 1

4. Transposition 1

5. Score Reading 1


Term 2:

6. Melody Harmonisation 2

7. Figured Bass 2

8. Transposition 2

9. Score Reading 2

10. Improvisation 1


Term 1 in detail:

TERM 1: Fall
Class # C01 C02 Topic
Date Class type Date Class type
#1 9 Sept   9 Sept   Introduction
#2 11 Sept   14 Sept   Melody Harmonization 1
#3 16 Sept   16 Sept  
#4 18 Sept Tutorial 21 Sept Tutorial
#5 23 Sept Asmt#1 23 Sept Asmt#1
#6 25 Sept Tutorial 28 Sept Tutorial Clef Reading 1
#7 30 Sept   30 Sept  
#8 2 Oct Tutorial 5 Oct Tutorial
#9 7 Oct Asmt#2 7 Oct Asmt#2
#10 9 Oct Tutorial 19 Oct Tutorial Figured Bass 1
#11 21 Oct   21 Oct  
#12 23 Oct Tutorial 26 Oct Tutorial
#13 28 Oct   28 Oct  
#14 30 Oct Tutorial 2 Nov Tutorial
#15 4 Nov Asmt#3 4 Nov Asmt#3
#16 6 Nov Tutorial 9 Nov Tutorial Transposition 1
#17 11 Nov   11 Nov  
#18 13 Nov Tutorial 16 Nov Tutorial
#19 18 Nov Asmt#4 18 Nov Asmt#4
#20 20 Nov Tutorial 23 Nov Tutorial Score Reading 1
#21 25 Nov   25 Nov  
#22 27 Nov Tutorial 30 Nov Tutorial
#23 2 Dec Asmt#5 2 Dec Asmt#5
#24 4 Dec Tutorial 7 Dec Tutorial Term Review


Term 2 in detail:

TERM 2: Winter
Class # C01 C02 Topic
Date Class type Date Class type
#25 6 Jan   6 Jan   Melody Harmonization 2
#26 8 Jan Tutorial 11 Jan Tutorial
#27 13 Jan   13 Jan  
#28 15 Jan Tutorial 18 Jan Tutorial
#29 20 Jan Asmt#6 20 Jan Asmt#6
#30 22 Jan Tutorial 25 Jan Tutorial Figured Bass 2
#31 27 Jan   27 Jan  
#32 29 Jan Tutorial 1 Feb Tutorial
#33 3 Feb   3 Feb  
#34 5 Feb Tutorial 8 Feb Tutorial
#35 10 Feb Asmt#7 10 Feb Asmt#7
#36 12 Feb Tutorial 22 Feb Tutorial Transposition 2
#37 24 Feb   24 Feb  
#38 26 Feb Tutorial 29 Feb Tutorial
#39 2 Mar Asmt#8 2 Mar Asmt#8
#40 4 Mar Tutorial 7 Mar Tutorial Score Reading 2
#41 9 Mar   9 Mar  
#42 11 Mar Tutorial 14 Mar Tutorial
#43 16 Mar Asmt#9 16 Mar Asmt#9
#44 18 Mar Tutorial 21 Mar Tutorial Improvisation 1
#45 23 Mar   23 Mar  
#46 25 Mar No class 28 Mar Tutorial
#47 30 Mar Asmt#10 30 Mar Asmt#10
#48 1 Apr Tutorial 4 Apr Tutorial Course Review
#49 6 Apr   6 Apr  
#50 8 Apr Tutorial  
Classes end: 8 April

Other Course Information:

Exercise materials will be posted on Avenue to Learn throughout the course. 10 assessments, posted on A2L 24 hours in advance, will be performed in class at regular intervals throughout the course, and will be evaluated on the basis of fluency and accuracy. For each assessment, students will be able to select from 3 difficulty levels: basic, intermediate or advanced. Maximum marks are attainable in each level, although the expected performance standard is higher for the basic level than the intermediate, and higher for the intermediate than the advanced. 25% of the final grade will depend upon attendance, participation and overall progress throughout the course. There is no final exam.