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MUSIC 1CC3A Harmony

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Ashot Ariyan



Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Mon 3:30-4:30, Wed 9:30-10:30, 11:30-12:30

Course Objectives:

The syllabus of the Harmony course focuses on analytical and writing skills. The curriculum includes harmonic concepts including all diatonic triads, inversions, seventh chords, chord progressions, non-chord -tones, cadences and diatonic sequences. The course enables students to study basic theory and prepares the music major for further studies in such specific areas as advanced harmony, composition, music analysis, and orchestration. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to analyze scores appropriate to the music studied and to harmonize melodies in chorale style.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

1. ALDWELL, Edward; SCHACHTER, Carl; Harmony and Voice Leading (San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1989, 2nd edition), MT 50. A 444

2. PISTON, Walter; Harmony (New York: W. W. Norton, 1987, 5th edition) MT 50. P665

Method of Assessment:

Assignments (11 x 5% each) 55%

Quizzes (2 x 5% each) 10%

Midterm test 15%

Attendance 5%

Final exam 15%

Total 100%


Date                                        Assignments #, Test, and Quizzes

14 Sept                                    #1 (due to 19 Sept)

28 Sept                                    #2 (due to 3 Oct)

5 Oct                                       Quiz #1

19 Oct                                     #3 (due to 24 Oct)

26 Oct                                     #4 (due to 31 Oct)

9 Nov                                       #5 (due to 14 Nov)

14 Nov                                     Midterm test Prep

23 Nov                                     Midterm test

28, 30 Nov                               Term review

11 Jan                                      #6 (due to 18 Jan)

25 Jan                                      #7 (due to 1 Feb)

8 Feb                                       #8 (due to 15 Feb)

15 Feb                                     Quiz #2

1 Mar                                      #9 (due to 8 Mar)

15 Mar                                    #10 (due to 22 Mar)

22 Mar                                    #11 (due to 29 Mar)

29 Mar - 5 Apr                         Final exam Prep

Final Exam Apr12-26 TBA

Note: Written assignments will be due at the beginning of class on the assigned due date. Each assignment will be evaluated on the basis of content and presentation.  Always keep your marked assignments as a record of your work.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late assignments will receive a 10% reduction in grade.  After one week, late assignments will not be accepted, except in the case of a justifiable absence.

Early feedbacks are equal a minimum of 10% of the final grade which will be returned prior to March 10th.

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)

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

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:

The following topics will be covered: 1. Overtone Series and Intervals 2. Scales 3. Tonality and Modality 4. Species Counterpoint 5. Triads and Chords of the Sixth 6. Seventh Chords 7. Figures and Symbols 8. Functional Harmony 9. Six-Four Chord 10. Dominant Seventh Chord 11. Cadences 12. Harmonic Structure of the Sentence. Bar form 13. Harmonization of the given part 14. Non-Harmonic tones 15. Textural Reduction 16. Functional analysis 17. Voice Leading in Four Voices 18. Harmonic Progression and Rhythm 19. Pedal tone in bass and upper voices 20. Applied Chords 21. Diatonic and Chromatic Sequences 22. Tonicization and Modulation 23. Keys of first relationship