Courses Catalogue

Composition, Harmony And Counterpoint I

COURSE CODE: MUS1101
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Arts (Primary), B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

Lyric Setting and Emphasis, Phrase Length and Space,

Phrase Beginnings/Stressed Words, Phrase Endings,

Downbeat Endings for the Title                                       

Repetition,  Sequence, Inversion Contrasting Ideas,

Number of Phrases, Verse, Prechorus, Chorus                    

One Chord Tone ,Decorations, Arpeggios, Passing Notes ,

Scale Lines, Cadences: Major and Minor, Motif treatment     (15 hrs.)

Adding an answering phrase; using conjunct movement,

  leaps, syncopation, cadences, phrase balance etc

Elementary Harmony: Triads, four-part harmony;               (15 hrs.)

   chord progression in major scales using primary chords

    in root position, first and second inversion

Counterpoint: two part writing; 1st species counterpoint,

     harmonic intervals, parallelism                                           (15 hrs.)

 Learning outcome

  At the end of this course the learner will have acquired effective ways to write melodies over common modes and chords, and develop these ideas into complete songs