This class is designed for students who are already fluent in fundamental music theory skills (scales, key signatures, intervals, and triads). Students receive training in the basics of college-level harmony and voice leading, including the varieties and interrelations of chords, chord progressions, voicings, and texture. While there are engaging activities and ample personal interaction with the teacher, students are not tied to a schedule of meetings.
Specifically, the class includes an in-depth exploration of the following topics:
Unit 1: Triads and Seventh Chords
- Triads and their inversions
- Lead sheet symbols
- Figured Bass
- Seventh chords and their inversions
- Hearing triad and seventh chordsUnit 2: Roman Numerals and Functional Chords
- Using Roman numerals to identify functional chords
- Combing Roman numerals with figured bassUnit 3: Musical Texture, SATB Textures
- Types of musical texture
- Chord voicing in SATB texture
- Close and open position chordsUnit 4: Root-Position Voice-Leading
- Harmonic progression
- General voice-leading rules
- Types of contrapuntal motion
- Methodology for Root Position Part-WritingUnit 5: Tonic and Dominant, Cadences
- Part writing with the tonic and dominant
- The dominant seventh
- Types of cadences
- Hearing cadencesUnit 6: The Subdominant, Supertonic, and Submediant, Melody Harmonization
- Use of the subdominant and supertonic
- Predominant function
- Use of the submediant
- Melody harmonization
- Harmonic dictation with root-position triadsUnit 7: First-Inversion Triads
- Part-writing with first-inversion triads
- Harmonic dictation with first-inversion triadsUnit 8: Second-Inversion Triads
- Part-writing with second-inversion triads
- Harmonic dictation with second-inversion triads
There are no set meeting times. Rather, each week for 8 weeks, each student completes a unit that includes video lessons, assignments, and quizzes. Students can log on at any time to do these activities. The teacher then provides individual feedback and guidance. Students are also invited to video chat with the teacher during office hours.
We understand that many adults have busy schedules and may not be able to complete work according to fixed schedule. For that reason, students have access to the online classroom for a full six months following the date of registration.
Please note: If you are not sure which online theory class is right for you, you can take our free online placement test find out. This test is not required – students may select a class based on the description.
For more information, please contact Evan Meier, Theory Department Chair, at (202) 686-8000 x1598 or EMeier@levinemusic.org.