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MUSIC 1CC3A Harmony

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: MTA

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. William Renwick


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 409

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23671


Office Hours: Mondays 11:30; Tuesdays 10:30

Course Objectives:

Students in this course will undertake an in-depth study of tonal harmony and voice-leading in the period 1700-1900. They will become familiar with the nature, use and function of intevals, triads, inversions, and seventh chords, chord progressions, sequences, non-chord-tones, phrases, and cadences, and will be able to analyze and write examples of them.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

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Method of Assessment:

20 assignments (usually weekly): 3% each; 60% quiz #1 Wednesday October 7: 5 % Mid-term test: Wednesday November 18 10 % quiz #2 Wednesday February 10 5 % Final Exam 20 % Total 100% Each assignment will be evaluated on the basis of content and presentation. Always keep your marked assignments as a record of your work. 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.

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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.

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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: Unit 1: Intervals Unit 2: Scales Unit 3: Simple Melody Unit 4: Parallel Harmony Unit 5: Two-voice Counterpoint Unit 6: Triads Unit 7: Three-voice Counterpoint Unit 8: Four-voice Counterpoint Unit 9: Roman Numerals Unit 10: Simple Cadences Unit 11: Voice-leading Unit 12: Harmonizing Melody Using Voice-Leading Unit 13: harmony and meter Unit 14: Harmonizing Basses Unit 15: Harmonizing Melodies. Unit 16: Functional Harmony Unit 17: Other Patterns of Functional Harmony Unit 18: Seventh Chords Unit 19: The Dominant Seventh Unit 20: Consonant Skip, Passing Note, Neighbour Unit 21: Suspension and Appoggiatura Unit 22: Expanding Harmonies Unit 23: 6/4 Chords Unit 24: Diatonic Seventh Chords Unit 25: Secondary Dominant Unit 26: Modulation, Relative Keys For each unit readings are provided, along with practice questions that model the content of the assignments.

Other Course Information:

There are two sections in this course. One section meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30-11:20, and the other on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30-10:20.