Harmony I

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
The course aims to learn the foundations of voice leading and the main concepts of tonal harmony. In the course, music examples will be analyzed, composed, and performed. Contents: - The acoustic foundations of the major triad. Harmonic series - Notation of pitch, rhythm values, and voices (SATB). Digital notation - Concepts of consonance and dissonance - The foundations of counterpoint in two-voice texture - Embellishing tones - Practical assignments of composing in two-voice texture - The formation of triads and seventh chords in the context of the major and minor scales - Concepts of efficient (minimal) voice leading - The foundations of tonal harmony. Theories of harmonic functions - Practical assignments of composing in three- and four-voice texture - Some basics of figured bass (basso continuo) - Efficient voice leading in four-voice texture - Some basics of tonicization - Practical assignments of composing according to the classical theme models (period and sentence) - An introduction to the methods of music analysis
Knowledge of elementary music theory
As an outcome of the course, the student will be familiar with the above-mentioned topics, including the basics of voice-leading and the concepts of tonal harmony.

Further information

  • assessment
    Exam with grade E
  • level
  • Completed Semester
  • How many semesters does the course last?
  • hours per week
    2x45 minutes
  • Link of the course
  • Target group of course
    Instrumentalists, beginner
  • credits
  • Type of Course
    Lecture, Seminar, Practice
  • Degree Level
  • e-learning-elements
    no e-learning elements used in this course
  • Course
  • students #
    6-15 students
  • Hours per year
    Gauldin, Robert. Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music. New York: W. W. Norton, 2004 Kotta, Kerri. Muusikateooria õpik. [Music theory] http://mt.ema.edu.ee Sundberg, Johan. Õpetus muusikahelidest. Tallinn: Scripta Musicalia, 1995
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This European project (KA 203 Strategic Partnership) created by Salvatore Gioveni promotes cross-border collaboration in the field of Music Theory through sharing knowledge and transferring pedagogical innovation. It thus responds to a lack of centralised source and framework to deepen reflection by means of cross-disciplinary study at European and international level.

There is a significant wealth of educational practices from one country to another in this sector, especially in terms of harmonic musical notation and analysis. However, HMEI's are facing the nonexistence of a European network for pedagogical staff in Music Theory so far. To improve the situation, the project will among other things develop several intellectual outputs such as Online Platform (IO 1), an EU Bibliography (IO 2), a Repository Courses (IO 3), a Multilingual Glossary (IO 4) and an Exchange Online Learning Platform.

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