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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 3

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Matthew Woolhouse


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 428

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23669

Office Hours: Term 1: Wednesday 9.30-10.30, Friday 9.30-10.30; Term 2: Wednesday 10.30-11.30, Friday 13.30-14.30

Course Objectives:

Course Description

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 2013.    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.

Method of Assessment:


Assignments                                       (12 x 5% each)                          60%

In-class 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%


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. Late assignments will not be accepted unless accompanied by a medical certificate, or with the prior consent of the instructor (see timetable on page 3). Regular attendance is essential; 5% of the final course mark depends upon attendance and in-class participation. Please bring manuscript paper to all classes.

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

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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:

Required Text

Matthew Woolhouse, Music 2CC3: Harmony

(downloadable eBook, web address:


Aldwell and Schachter. Harmony and Voice Leading. 4th Edition

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

Class #  Date Topic Assignment #, Tests, Projects and Exams
C01 C02
#1  06-Sep 05-Sep Introductions  
#2  11-Sep 11-Sep Melodic Figuration  
#3  13-Sep 12-Sep  
#4  18-Sep 18-Sep #1 (due 25 Sept)
#5  20-Sep 19-Sep Rhythmic Figuration  
#6  25-Sep 25-Sep #2 (due 2 Oct)
#7  27-Sep 26-Sep Leading-Tone Seventh Chords  
#8  02-Oct 02-Oct #3 (due 9 Oct)
#9  04-Oct 03-Oct Mixture  
#10  09-Oct 09-Oct #4 (due 16 Oct)
#11  11-Oct 10-Oct Other Seventh Chords  
#12  16-Oct 16-Oct #5 (due 23 Oct)
#13  18-Oct 17-Oct  
#14  23-Oct 23-Oct Midterm Test #1 Prep  
#15  25-Oct 24-Oct Midterm Test #1
#16  30-Oct 30-Oct Applied V and VII  
Midterm recess 31 Oct-2 Nov  
#17  06-Nov 06-Nov Applied V and VII cont... #6 (due 13 Nov)
#18  08-Nov 07-Nov  
#19  13-Nov 13-Nov Diatonic Modulation #7 (due 20 Nov)
#20  15-Nov 14-Nov  
#21  20-Nov 20-Nov #8 (due 27 Nov)
#22  22-Nov 21-Nov Midterm Test #2 Prep  
#23  27-Nov 27-Nov Midterm Test #2
#24  29-Nov 28-Nov Term Review #9 (due 8/10 Jan)
Holiday recess 21 Dec-5 Jan  
#25 10-Jan 08-Jan Chords With Added Dissonance  
#26  17-Jan 15-Jan #10 (due 29/31 Jan)
#27  24-Jan 22-Jan  
#28  31-Jan 29-Jan Phrygian II (Neapolitan) #11 (due 12/14 Feb)
#29  06-Feb 05-Feb  
#30  14-Feb 12-Feb Mid-Term Project (due 26/28 Feb)
Midterm recess 17-22 Feb  
#31 28-Feb 26-Feb Augmented Sixth Chords  
#32  07-Mar 05-Mar #12 (due 19/21 March)
#33  14-Mar 12-Mar  
#34  21-Mar 19-Mar Other Chromatic Chords #13 (due 2 April)
#35  28-Mar 26-Mar  
#36  04-Apr 02-Apr Final Exam Prep  
  10-29 Apr Final Exam (TBA)