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MUSIC 2D03A Keyboard Harmony

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Paul Grimwood



Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Friday 3:30

Course Objectives:

Learning keyboard skills as follows:

-To play basic chord progressions

-To harmonise a figured bass

-To harmonise a melody in both keyboard and instrumental styles

-To improvise at the keyboard

-To reduce choral and orchestral scores, including the use of C clefs.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

All the material required for this course is available as courseware.

Method of Assessment:

There will be one assignment each week, playable in class time, for a total of about 13 per term.  The 10 highest marks will be credited each term.  Generally, one week's notice will be given for each assignment.  There will be time to work on these assignements in class, with help from the instructor.

There will be a final exam, lasting approximately 10 minutes, played during the exam period.  Students will be able to sign up for a convenient time towards the end of the second term.

The following break-down will be observed:

-Weekly 1st term marks 40%

-Weekly 2nd term marks 40%

-Final exam, April 2018 20%

In these playing tests, note accuracy and correct counting will be given priority.  Assignments will be posted regularly on Avenue to Learn.  By November 10, marks will be posted.  This will reflect a possible 10 out of 13 assignments for term 1.

There will be different expectaions for those who are piano/keyboard majors, and those who are vocal.instrumental majors.  More skill will eb expected from those who are piano or keyboard majors.  Generally, the assignments for instrumental or voice majors are shorter.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Assignements are generally due the week after they have been given.  Late assignments will not be accepted unless the absence is documented.

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

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

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 categories are in the course ware, and will be covered during the year:

Playing basic chord progressions

Harmonising a figured bass

Harmonising a melody in both keyboard and instrumental styles

Stuctured improvising at the keyboard

Reducing choral and orchestral scores, including the use of C clefs.

Other Course Information:

The final exam will take place after classes end in April, outside of class time.  Sign-up will be available.