Theories and Techniques of Harmony 1-2

Conservatorio di Musica "G. Martucci"
Theory and Techniques of Harmony 1  
  • Basics of diatonic harmony. Structural vs. linear harmonic progressions: distinction among cadential, prolongation, and sequential harmonic patterns
  • Relationship between harmony and musical form: techniques of phrase extension and expansion Harmonic/linear analysis
Theory and Techniques of Harmony 2  
  • Elements of chromatic harmony
  • Rhythmic and Harmonic figurations
  • Uses of mixture
  • Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords
  • Diatonic and Chromatic Sequences
  • Applied dominants, tonicization, and modulation
  • Harmonic/linear analysis
At the end of the course students are required:
  • to realize basses (with and without figures) and to harmonize melodies in binary and ternary forms both in choral and keyboard styles;
  • to compose simply musical themes and to extend or expand them;
  • to analyze binary and ternary forms using a harmonic/linear perspective.

Further information

  • assessment
    Comprehensive exam CE , Other (Percentage of students that pass examination is around 70/75% for each examination session (10/12 out of 15). Generally, three examination sessions per year are held.)
  • level
    Beginner, Intermediate
  • Completed Semester
    First and Second Semester
  • How many semesters does the course last?
  • hours per week
  • Link of the course
  • Target group of course
    Instrumentalists, beginner
    Music theory students, beginner
  • credits
  • Type of Course
    Lecture, Practice
  • Degree Level
  • e-learning-elements
  • Course
  • students #
    15-25 students
  • Hours per year
    E. Aldwell - C. Schachter, Armonia e Condotta delle Voci, Manuale e quaderno di esercizi, Foglivolantiedizioni, 2008 (a translation of Harmony and Voice Leading, Textbook and workbooks 1-2, 3rd edition)
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  • evaluation grid
    and document



current position

Professor of Theory of Harmony and Analysis, Professor of Theory and Practice of Harmonic-Contrapuntal Writing


Conservatorio di Musica "G. Martucci"

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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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