Principles of western tonal functional harmony – a general theory of harmony – Compendium of the traditional theory of harmony in Flanders and Western Europe

LUCA School of Arts (Lemmens)
It is a general theory of harmony - Compendium of the traditional theory of harmony in Flanders and Western Europe. The content of this course is offered during 3 academic years.
It is an advanced music theory course. The student must have the basics of music theory before starting.
The student is able to realize partimenti and to do pastiche composition with regard to the relevant styles. It's about writing music. It's a practical.

Further information

  • assessment
    Other (Pastiche composition, writing in the discussed styles.)
  • level
    Beginner, Advanced, Expert
  • Completed Semester
    During 3 academic years. Each academic year consists of two semesters.
  • How many semesters does the course last?
    Each academic year consists of two semesters.
  • hours per week
    An individual lesson of at least half an hour regarding the practical. In addition, lecture of theory.
  • Link of the course
  • Target group of course
    Instrumentalists, advanced
    Music theory students, beginner
    Music theory students, advanced
  • credits
    6 ECTS
  • Type of Course
  • Degree Level
    Bachelor, Master
  • e-learning-elements
    We work with Toledo (platform) and the commmunity 'Forum Harmonie', and the book (compendium). It is a blended learning. We therefore also work online where listening, playing the piano, writing together, studying scores or compendium together, ... is possible. What they write in concrete terms is also improved between two weekly lessons and discussed briefly via email.
  • Course
  • students #
  • Hours per year
    600 hours
    Principes van de westerse tonaal-functionele harmonie, Lut Verbeke "Principles of western tonal functional harmony" a general theory of harmony Compendium of the traditional theory of harmony in Flanders and Western Europe Lut Verbeke ISBN 9789074253062 second edition November 2012 Euprint Crescendo music:
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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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