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Music Theory Level 1: Part Six

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Course Description

Welcome to Music Theory Level 1: Part Six

SATB Composition

In this course you will gain an understanding of composition using four parts – Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass (SATB). We will focus on the SATB writing style popular with composers, and essential to learning counterpoint. This course forms part of the complete Music Theory Fundamentals Guide.

This is a class designed for the average person who is ready to take their music career (or music interest) and turn it into a business. Whether you are an active musician, an aspiring musician, or an aspiring music manager or agent - this class is perfect for you.

For years I've been teaching Music Theory in the college classroom. My approach to music theory is to minimize the memorization. Most of these concepts you can learn by just understanding why chords behave in certain ways. Once you understand those concepts, you can find any scale, key, or chord that exists. Even invent your own. If you've tried to learn music theory before, or if you are just starting out - this series of courses is the perfect fit.

In Part 6: SATB Composition we will cover:

  • My approach to Music Theory
  • Tools of Counterpoint
  • Types of Motion in Counterpoint
  • 18th Century Counterpoint
  • Chordal Dissonance
  • Cadences in Bass/Melody Accompaniment
  • Cadences in 4-Voice Accompaniment
  • Non-Chord Tones in 4-Voice Accompaniment
  • Suspensions in 4-Voice Accompaniment
  • Example Analysis Projects
  • Writing 4-Voice (SATB) Lines
  • SATB Notation
  • SATB Ranges
  • Voice Crossings
  • Doubling
  • T-D-T Phrasing
  • Establishing Tonic Areas
  • Establishing Dominant Areas
  • Resolving Leading Tones (in 4-Voice Accompaniment)
  • Harmonic Rhythm
  • Texture (in Song)
  • Worksheets and Music for Practice

You will not have another opportunity to learn Music Theory in a more comprehensive way than this. All the tools you need to successfully learn Music Theory are included in this course and the entire course is based on real-life experiences - not just academic theory.


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"Great for everyone without any knowledge so far. I bought all three parts... It's the best investment in leveling up my skills so far.." - Z. Palce

"Excellent explanations! No more or less than what is needed." - A. Tóth

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"I am learning LOTS! And I really like having the worksheets!" - A. Deichsel

"The basics explained very clearly - loads of really useful tips!" - J. Pook

"Jason is really quick and great with

questions, always a great resource for an online class!" M. Smith


This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Getting Started (December 7, 2021)
Before we jump in, let's learn a little bit about how we are going to learn. There are a few free tools I like to use that will help you learn music theory.
4 lessons
1. Welcome Overview
2. Second Semester Theory
3. Tools
4. Review Counterpoint
Session 2: Composing in an 18th Century Style (December 14, 2021)
To get us started here, we need to look at a (sort of) new style of counterpoint, one we call 18th Century Counterpoint.
7 lessons
1. Overview
2. Types Of Motion
3. Chordal Dissonance
4. Cadences
5. Cadences in Bass Melody Counterpoint
6. Starting Intervals
7. Rules Summary
Session 3: Melodic Embellishment (in Chorale Textures) (December 21, 2021)
Next, let's look at some of the melodic embellishments we can use. Most of them will be familiar, but with a few new exceptions.
4 lessons
1. Non Chord Tones
2. Suspensions
3. Example Analysis
4. Summary No. 2
Session 4: SATB Composition (December 28, 2021)
We've worked with two voices for awhile now. You can think of those as the S and the B, and now we are going up to four voices, adding the A and the T of SATB.
6 lessons
1. Writing SATB Lines
2. SATB Notation
3. SATB Ranges
4. Voice Crossings
5. Doubling
6. My Country Example
Session 5: Phrasing in SATB Composition (January 4, 2022)
We are starting to move from small counterpoint examples to full "songs" now. And because of that, it is time to start thinking about something called Phrasing.
3 lessons
1. TDT
2. Establishing Tonic Area
3. Establishing Dominant Area
Session 6: More with Cadences (January 11, 2022)
Now that we are fully into 4-voice counterpoint, let's take another look at cadences and how to use them.
5 lessons
1. Perfect Authentic In 4 Voices
2. Imperfect Authentic in 4 Voices
3. Half Cadences
4. Plagal Cadences
5. Deceptive Cadences
Session 7: Voice-Leading on the Dominant (January 18, 2022)
When we are working with 4 voices, we have a few special concerns with the dominant.
2 lessons
1. Leading Tones V-I
2. Voice Leading to V Things
Session 8: Harmonizing Melodies + Wrap Up (January 25, 2022)
There are a lot of considerations to think about when harmonizing a melody. Here we will get started with some of the basics: Harmonic Rhythm and Texture.
5 lessons
1. Harmonic Rhythm
2. Texture
3. Example Piece
4. What's Next
5. Thanks, Bye
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What You Need to Take This Course

Students should be enthusiastic about music, but do not need to be producers or musicians. No prior experience is needed in music - All are welcome!

I'll be using a piece of software in this course that I would like students to get. Don't worry - it's free! And works on Mac and PC computers. I'll tell you more in the first few videos.

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