MUSIC116-23D (HAM)

Harmony and Counterpoint and Musicianship

15 Points

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What this paper is about

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This paper helps students gain knowledge of, and develop skills in the fundamental theoretical components of music. It will involve a study of harmony and counterpoint in the Western tradition, using historical and contemporary models, with practical application through sight-singing, dictation and keyboard skills.
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How this paper will be taught

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The course will be taught as one two-hour lecture per week and self-paced practice exercises on both keyboard/piano and using the Auralia music software in J basement. Students will learn the rules of counterpoint and harmony and how to apply those in written exercises in tandem with practical application through singing, playing the keyboard and aural skills.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Analyse and compose viable pieces in two-part counterpoint according to the principles of Species Counterpoint, and Bach's Two-Part Inventions;
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  • Compose 4-part harmony according to the conventions of tonal harmonic practices from basic triadic harmony, to the more complex including modulation
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  • Sing from sight diatonic melodies in major or minor mode in counterpoint
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  • Dictate simple harmonic progressions according to te conventions of tonal harmony
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  • Play simple 2-part counterpoint exercises on a keyboard, harmonise a simple melody on a keyboard, using primary chords.
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Assessments

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Written exercises for Counterpoint and Harmony:

is the work legible, with correctly drawn clefs and notes?

have the rules of correct counterpoint/harmony been followed?

does the voice-leading work?

is it performable?

Keyboard skills:

does the student demonstrate they have understood the skill?

can the student perform the work fluently, no matter how slowly?

is the rhythm correctly represented?

are the pitches correctly represented?

Sightsinging:

does the student sing correct line and intervals?

does the student have a clear sense of harmonic direction and 'home'?

does the student correctly represent the rhythm?

Auralia worksheets:

are auto-graded as right or wrong

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Species counterpoint assignment
10
2. Two-part invention/canon assignment
10
3. Harmony assignment 1
10
4. Harmony assignment 2
10
5. Harmony Test
10
6. Sightsinging assessments
15
7. Keyboard skills
20
8. Auralia online worksheets
15
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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