Composition Class Syllabus
Read Thoughts on Successful Songwriting by Dave Pearson, past Cal Baptist Riverside Intern at The Musik Planet
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Each section is intended to be two months long.
Fundamentals of Music Theory
*Notes, Clefs, Intervals, Scale Degrees, Rhythm and compound meters, Key Signaturesmajor and minor through of fifths and fourths, 7th chords.
Diatonic Harmony, Using major and Minor
Introduction to Harmonic Progressions,Harmonic composition in Root position and inversions.
Arpeggios and Alberti Bass
Harmonic composition using 7th chords,Homophonic Music
Chord Substitution, Using Sub-Dominant Relationships, Borrowed Chords
Continued Harmonic compositionIntroduction to counter point
Introduction to three and four part writing
Introduction to musical motives in part writingIntroduction to chorale music
Shaping Melody- Melodic Phrasing
Introduction to form and structureSong Form and Structure
Introduction to orchestration
Introduction to instrumentation
Continued study and practice on 4 part writing.
Introduction to Sonata Form