Lecture and practical demonstration
- Intervals, scales, keys
- Major-minor system
- Other scales
- Extended chords
- Other chords
- Chord Symbols
- Jazz / pop
- Roman numeral
- Other - Nashville, etc.
- Folk traditions (diatonic)
- Pop traditions (diatonic / chromatic)
- Phrase constructions
- Refrain forms
- Sectional forms
- 12-bar Blues
- 16-bar folk songs
- Popular American 32-bar forms
- Writing charts for a small ensemble
- Basic instrumentation
At the end of the course, the successful student will be able to:
- Understand and apply the core theoretical concepts used to create the characteristic sounds in popular music.
- Compose short examples within various idioms.
- Create simple charts, scores and parts.
- Gain valuable insight into the idiomatic practices of popular music.
Quizzes (minimum of 4)
|Assignments (minimum of 2)||30%|
|In-class work (presentations, demonstrations, participation)||10%|
The instructor may assign a textbook such as:
Harrison, Mark. Contemporary Music Theory - Level One: A Complete Harmony and Theory Method for the Pop and Jazz Musician, Hal Leonard, current edition.
Music Technology Diploma program entrance or permission of instructor