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MUSIC 2CC3A Harmony

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Woolhouse


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 428

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23669

Office Hours: Term 1: Wed 11.30-12.30 and Fri 11.30-12.30 Term 2: Wed 11.30-12.30 and Wed 1.30 to 2.30

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 2017. By the end of the course students will have a working knowledge of 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:

Required Text:
Matthew Woolhouse. Second-Level Harmony: An eBook Designed to Accompany Music 2CC3.
(downloadable eBook)

Aldwell and Schachter. Harmony and Voice Leading. 4th Edition
Aldwell and Schachter, 2-CD set accompanying Harmony and Voice Leading. 4th Edition

Method of Assessment:

Lecture notes will be posted on Avenue to Learn throughout the course ( Assignments, also posted on Avenue to Learn, are to be printed, completed using pencil, and are to be returned to the instructor in class on the appropriate dates (see below for details). 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. 


Evaluation Breakdown:

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 (Date TBA):                               15%

Total:                                                      100%


Assignment due dates:

#1 (due 21 Sept)

#2 (due 28 Sept)

#3 (due 5 Oct)

#4 (due 19 Oct)

#5 (due  26 Oct)

#6 (due 16 Nov)

#7 (due 23 Nov)

#8 (due 30 Nov)

#9 (due 4 Jan)

#10 (due 25 Jan)

#11 (due 8 Feb)

Mid-Term Project (due 1 March)

#12 (due 15 March)

#13 (due 29 Mar)


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. Please bring manuscript paper to all classes.

At least 10% of assignments will be returned prior to March 10th, 2017.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

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Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

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.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

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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

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Melodic Figuration

Rhythmic Figuration

Leading-Tone Seventh Chords


Other Seventh Chords

Applied V and VII

Diatonic Modulation

Chords With Added Dissonance

Phrygian II (Neapolitan)

Augmented Sixth Chords

Other Chromatic Chords

Final Exam Prep

Other Course Information:

Important Dates


Term 1

September 6: Term begins

October 10-16: Midterm recess

December 1-8: Test and Examination Ban

December 7: Classes end


Term 2

January 4: Term begins

February 20 to 26: Midterm recess

March 31 to April 10: Test and Examination Ban

April 6: Classes end

April 11-27: Final Examination (TBA)