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Composers began using chromatic thirds related harmony around the 1830s and beyond, in order to create new colors and sounds that didn’t function within the regular tonal system. Chromatic thirds can provide dark and sinister flavors to your compositions, and can be readily found in film, television, and video game scores.
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About Music Theory and Composition 4
This core music theory course is the fourth of a four-semester curriculum that continues to build a foundation for your musical development. The materials covered here will help you express your musical ideas as applied to composition for film, TV and video games.
You will learn more about the essential elements of music theory and composition that will help you build your own musical language. You will further expand your knowledge of harmony and melody and expand your knowledge of scales, chords, and rhythms.
This music composition course is designed to take you from a strong review of level 3 topics—the standard deceptive resolutions of V7, classical and contemporary analysis techniques, polychord voicings, non-chord tones, approach tones, and approach tone harmonization—to topics like deceptive resolutions of dominant function harmony, contiguous dominant patterns, modal melody and harmony, hybrid voicings, quartal and quintal harmony, exotic scales, 12-tone technique, minimalism and other important twentieth century compositional techniques. We will review the rhythmic elements of Indian, Latin American, and African music and delve into the musical intricacies of the music of Indonesia, China, Japan, and Korea.
We will also continue the unique feature of blending and exploring both traditional and contemporary harmony in order to give you a historical understanding of current topics.
Music Theory and Composition 4 also features a topic called "Rhythm Jam" that will introduce you to many new and exciting rhythmic concepts such as nested tuplets, the Fibonacci series, metric modulation, hemiola, phase, Jahlas, and additive rhythm. Through forum questions you and your classmates will engage in discussions about musical creativity, craft, and inspiration.
Each week you will be asked to engage with your classmates and instructor as you work your way through the topics. Included in each topic are a number of activities and exercises designed to help you more thoroughly experience and understand the material presented.
Each week there will be a composition assignment, including many which will give you the opportunity to practice writing to short film cues.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Compose and notate your own musical ideas using advanced concepts
- Construct advanced harmonies and melodies and apply them to your writing
- Learn how to apply advanced musical concepts to your own writing
- Apply advanced theoretical analysis to contemporary music and traditional classical music
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