MUSI2070 Fundamentals of Tonal Music
Course Type: core/compulsory for music majors/minors, free elective for others
Prerequisite: MUSI1023
Instructor: Dr. Youn KIM
Semester: First Semester 2023/24
Time: 1:30pm-3:20pm, Thursday
Venue: CPD-LG1.22 Rehearsal Room
This course further explores tonal procedures, of which the fundamentals were introduced in MUSI1023 Materials and structures of music. It examines the tonal logic and the voice-leading principles of diatonic and basic chromatic harmonic practices. Simple formal structures such as binary, ternary, and sonata forms are explored. Students completing this course are expected to have attained a thorough understanding of tonal syntax in the context of diatonic and simple chromatic harmony and to be able to analyze music in simple forms.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • demonstrate knowledge of the harmonic functions and simple formal procedures in tonal music;
  • acquire theoretical and conceptual frameworks in music analysis and apply them to analysing and interpreting musical excerpts and pieces;
  • articulate their analytical findings and interpretations in a coherent way.
Assignments 50%
Quizzes 20%
Final Test 20%
Participation 10%
  • Diatonic Seventh Chords
  • Expanding Harmonic Vocabulary: Secondary Functions
  • Tonal Space: Modulations Using Diatonic Common Chords
  • Tonal Space: Other Modulatory Techniques & Tonicization
  • More on Chromaticism: Mixing Modes
  • More on Chromaticism: Altered Pre-dominants
  • Form & Analysis
  • Sonata Form
  • Analyzing Music (and Performance)
  • *Kostka, Stefan M., and Dorothy Payne. Tonal Harmony: with an introduction to twentieth-century music. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2018.
  • Aldwell, Edward, and Carl Schachter. Harmony & Voice Leading. Australia: Thomson/Schirmer, 2003.
  • Burstein, L. Poundie, and Joseph Nathan Straus. Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.
  • Cadwallader, Allen, and David Gagné. Analysis of Tonal Music. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Caplin, William Earl. Analyzing Classical Form: an approach for the classroom. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Clendinning, Jane Piper, and Elizabeth West Marvin. The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis. NewYork: W.W. Norton, 2016.
  • Gauldin, Robert. Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music. New York: W.W. Norton, 2004.
  • Turek, Ralph. Theory for Today's Musician. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2014.