For years I’ve been teaching Music Theory in the college classroom. These classes I’m making for Udemy use the same syllabus I’ve used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost. I believe anyone can learn Music Theory – and cost shouldn’t be a barrier.
Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation’s Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I’m taking those classes to Udemy in an online format in order to reach more students, and give them the joy of Music Theory.
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.
This class is a Comprehensive class – it will have many parts, going through my entire annual curriculum.
This class is Part 7: Harmonization, and it continues what would be the second semester of a college music theory class (according to the typical American academic system for learning music theory).
Throughout this class, I’ll be providing you with many worksheets for you to practice the concepts on. If you get stuck, you can review the videos or post a question, and I’ll back to it as fast as possible. Also in this class, I have several complete analysis projects that we will complete together – just like in my college classes.
What will I learn in this Course?
- Tools of Counterpoint
- How Inversion Names Work
- 7th Chord Inversion Names
- The Chordal 7th
- Root Position V7 – I Resolutions in SATB Voicing
- Inversions of V7 – I Resolutions in SATB Voicing
- Exceptions to Voice Leading
- Doubling Concerns in 7th Chords
- Figured Bass
- Figured Bass and Roman Numerals
- Studying with Bach
- “Realizing” Figured Bass
- The Pre-Dominant Phrasing Area
- Moving from Root Position IV to V Without Parallels
- Predominant 7th Chords
- Harmonization Steps
- Finding Cadences
- Finding the Right Chord Progression
- Finding the Right Inversions
- Practicing Harmonization
- Melodies for Practice
- Worksheets and Music for Practice
- …and much, much more!
About the Instructor
J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater.
He currently is an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and is the CEO and co-founder of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.
Praise for classes by J. Anthony Allen
“Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you wait for!”
“Amazing – Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I’m so happy! Learnt loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!”
“I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me.”
“I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!”
“I’ve watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!”
“Clear and Informative – Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!”
“Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn’t aware of.”
“The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don’t want to know.”
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Welcome & Overview
How Inversion Names Work
We’ve touched on this in other classes, but I really want to nail it down because we are going to need it.
Triad Inversion Names
First, let’s look just at our triads and make sure we are confident in how we name these inversions.
Inversions of V7 and Resolutions
Resolving the “Chordal 7th”
The “Chordal 7th” is something we need to start paying attention to going forward.
Root Position V7 – I Resolution in SATB
Some of the very obvious resolutions have some weird voice leading problems.
“Realizing” Figured Bass
“Realizing” is the word we use for translating figured bass into full notation.
T-D-T Becomes T-PD-D-T
Back to Phrasing
Before we get to realizing full harmonizations, we need to do a little more work on phrasing.
Moving from Root Position IV to V without Parallels
This is a trick move to make, but one we sometimes have to do.
Doubling in the Minor Key iiº Chord
In the minor key, we are faced with a tricky doubling on the ii chord.
Harmonizing Chorale Melodies
Method for Harmonization
In order to do this, let’s come up with a method that will work over and over.
Don’t Forget About Voice Leading!
And let’s be sure to not forget everything we know about voice leading.