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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Students should complete "Developing Your Musicianship" and Musicianship: chord Charts, Diatonic Chords, and Minor Keys" before enrolling.

Hours to complete

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours a week....
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

What you will learn

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    Describe Chord tensions and their role

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    Describe The concept of Harmonic Function

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    Aurally identify chord progressions and chord qualities

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    Identify Modal Interchange chords in a composition

Skills you will gain

PianoMusicPerformanceMusic compositionMusic theory
Specialization
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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Students should complete "Developing Your Musicianship" and Musicianship: chord Charts, Diatonic Chords, and Minor Keys" before enrolling.

Hours to complete

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours a week....
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Welcome to Musicianship: Harmonic Function, Modal Interchange, and Tensions

Welcome to Musicianship: Musicianship: Harmonic Function, Modal Interchange, and Tensions (also known as Developing Your Musicianship III)! Here we will cover all the details about the course and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your course experience....
Reading
1 video (Total 3 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video1 video
Reading4 readings
A Note From George5m
Connect with Your Classmates!5m
Course Resources5m
Earn A Course Certificate5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?8m
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Lesson 1

This week, we will explore the key of Eb Major and B minor. We will also learn about chord tensions and harmonic function, or, in other words, how chords function within a tonal center. We will continue to develop our ears by aurally identifying chord progressions and chord qualities. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 36 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Eb Major and Chord Tensions8m
Harmonic Function4m
Ear Training Practice with Chords6m
Ear Training Practice with Chord Progressions5m
Lesson Review and Practice for the Week3m
Reading2 readings
Lesson 1 Study Guide30m
Check Your Work: Write Diatonic Chords in the Key of Eb Major and C minor10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Eb Major and Tensions30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Lesson 2

This week, we will explore learn a new chord progression, the I II- V I. If you took Developing Your Musicianship, you may remember the VII-7b5, but this week, we'll learn about diminished chords. We'll also continue to train our ears to hear chord progressions and qualities. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 25 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
The II- V I Progression5m
The Diminished 7th Chord3m
Ear Training Practice8m
Lesson Review and Practice for the Week4m
Reading2 readings
Lesson 2 Study Guide10m
Check Your Work: Write Chord Progression in the Key of Eb Major10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The II- V I Progression and Tensions30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Lesson 3

This week, we will explore the concept of modal interchange, or borrowing chords from a parallel tonality. We'll also learn a new chord progression that showcases modal interchange, the bVI bVII I progression. Finally, we will continue to train our ears to hear chord progressions and qualities. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 24 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Modal Interchange5m
Key of D Major and the bVI bVII I Progression6m
Ear Training Practice7m
Lesson Review and Practice for the Week2m
Reading2 readings
Lesson 3 Study Guide10m
Check Your Work: Write in the key of D Major and B Minor10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
D Major and Modal Interchange30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Lesson 4

This last lesson will focus on preparing you for your final course project: writing and performing a 16-bar song. We will run through a brief overview of the concepts you have learned over the past few weeks that you will be able to apply when you complete your project. We will also learn about suspended chords and we will continue our ear training practice. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 29 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Suspended Chords3m
Preparing For Your Final Project - Part 12m
Preparing For Your Final Project - Part 27m
Ear Training Practice7m
Write a 16-Measure Song1m
Giving and Receiving Feedback1m
Congratulations!1m
Reading3 readings
Lesson 4 Study Guide10m
How to Record Yourself for Your Project5m
Advancing Your Knowledge and Skill10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Chords30m
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Top Reviews

By SSJan 19th 2017

This class was fantastic! George is an amazing instructor. For all aspiring musicians, take the four classes in Coursera/Berklee Online's Developing your Musicianship Specialization. Excellent!!

By SGOct 29th 2016

Excellent class. Once again the prof is a joy to learn from. Only real issue is with some of the typed answers during the videos get really specific in this class.

Instructor

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George W. Russell, Jr.

Professor
Harmony/Piano

About Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online....

About the Developing Your Musicianship Specialization

Nurture your love for, and understanding of, music with this specialization. Learn the fundamentals of music theory, including major and minor tonalities, chord scales, song forms, and chord qualities. You’ll also practice training your ear to hear and recognize various intervals, chord progressions, and chord qualities. For the Capstone project, you will directly apply the knowledge you’ve gained to write and perform a short musical composition. This specialization begins with the basics of music and builds to more advanced concepts, providing you the knowledge you need to improve your skills as a musician....
Developing Your Musicianship

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