Main Ideas

This page will continue to be updated after every new lesson to include the bolded concepts in one place. Please let me know if anything is unclear. Lesson 1: Form: the large scale way a piece of music is put together. Formal Analysis describes various sections for a piece of music, and how they interrelate.…

Sequences (week 7 extra)

With the topic of LIPs (week 7), sequences are useful discussion. There are 2 main types: melodic and harmonic. A melodic sequence is a chunk of music or motive repeated, but most/all the notes transposed up or down a consistent interval. Sequences are often used in developmental or transitional passages, and can also be embellished…

Extras from week 3

Here’s the analysis of the Bach Chaccone we did today, plus a couple extra phrases. You can see how the functions stay stable but have variations in the details. chaccone for wordpress Here’s another practice worksheet for identifying and spelling some of the chords. practice with inversions

Graphic of chord relations (week 2)

As requested this morning, here’s a color version of the chart I made on the board today. Red are chords in C major, green are chords in C’s relative minor – a minor, and blue are the parallel, c minor. Other theorists often call this a Tonnetz (German for “web of tones”) if you want…