Harmony and Analysis 1 (MCGY1008)


An understanding of the materials of tonal music is fundamental to all aspects of a student's musicianship. The acquisition of practical skills in harmony provides a means of examining in their essence issues of musical structure and technique that apply throughout the tonal repertoire. In the first semester students gain fluency in writing four-part harmonisations using diatonic vocabulary, learning the basic chord functions and voice-leading patterns that will provide a framework for later elaboration. Exercises in species counterpoint are included to assist in the comprehension of voice leading principles, and the linear conception of music is further explored through introductory exercises in analysis.

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Further unit of study information


1 lecture,1 tutorial/wk


Assignments (40%), examination (60%)


Gauldin Robert, Harmonic practice in tonal music. 2nd ed. NY: Norton, 2004.
Gauldin Robert, Workbook for harmonic practice in tonal music. 2nd ed. NY: Norton, 2004

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Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

Ability to read musical notation including treble and bass clefs, and knowledge of scales, intervals and triads in tonal music.



Additional Information

Completion of a Music Skills Test is essential prior to commencement. Conservatorium of Music students who did not do the test during the audition period and non-Conservatorium of Music Students should contact the unit of study coordinator before the start of semester.

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