Music Theory Comprehensive: Part 7 - Harmonization

Jason Allen, PhD, Ableton Certified Trainer

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43 Videos (4h 8m)
    • Welcome & Overview

      4:52
    • Tools

      4:17
    • Review

      2:01
    • Inversion Names

      3:12
    • Triads 6 & 6/4

      6:41
    • 7th Inversions

      9:39
    • The Chordal 7th

      4:03
    • Root Position V7 Resolutions

      7:49
    • Resolving Inversions of V7

      6:42
    • Exception!

      3:59
    • Doubling Problems

      6:24
    • What is Figured Bass?

      3:42
    • How Figured Bass Works

      10:09
    • Figured Bass & Roman Numerals

      8:37
    • Realizing Figured Bass

      3:33
    • Bach: Example With Melody

      4:15
    • Bach's Realization

      5:38
    • 6 Basic Rules

      4:19
    • Back To Phrasing

      3:55
    • The Pre-Dominant

      3:35
    • Using ii and IV as Pre-dominants

      4:20
    • Major Key Example

      6:31
    • Minor Key Example

      3:14
    • Moving From Root Position IV to V

      3:34
    • Doubling in Diminished Chords

      4:21
    • Predominant 7th Chords

      7:48
    • Method For Harmonization

      4:18
    • Finding Cadences

      9:47
    • What About T-PD-D-T?

      3:19
    • Outline The Harmony

      8:28
    • Add a Bass Line

      6:10
    • Complete Inner Voices

      8:50
    • Harmonization 2: Mary Had A Little Lamb

      2:43
    • Harmonization 2: Finding Cadences

      12:05
    • Harmonization 2: Outline the Harmony

      12:01
    • Harmonization 2: Add Bass Line

      13:13
    • Harmonization 2: Complete Inner Voices

      16:43
    • Proof Listen

      4:32
    • Think Musically

      3:11
    • Voice Leading

      2:34
    • Worksheets And Practice

      0:53
    • What Next?

      1:56
    • Thanks & Bye!

      1:37

About This Class

For years I've been teaching Music Theory in the college classroom. These classes I'm making for Udemy use the same syllabus I've used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost. I believe anyone can learn Music Theory - and cost shouldn't be a barrier.

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I'm taking those classes to Udemy in an online format in order to reach more students, and give them the joy of Music Theory.

My approach to music theory is to minimize the memorization. Most of these concepts you can learn by just understanding why chords behave in certain ways. Once you understand those concepts, you can find any scale, key, or chord that exists. Even invent your own.

This class is a Comprehensive class - it will have many parts, going through my entire annual curriculum.

This class is Part 7: Harmonization, and it continues what would be the second semester of a college music theory class (according to the typical American academic system for learning music theory).

Throughout this class, I'll be providing you with many worksheets for you to practice the concepts on. If you get stuck, you can review the videos or post a question, and I'll back to it as fast as possible. Also in this class I have several complete analysis projects that we will complete together - just like in my college classes.

In this class, we will cover:

  • Tools of Counterpoint
  • How Inversion Names Work
  • 7th Chord Inversion Names
  • The Chordal 7th
  • Root Position V7 - I Resolutions in SATB Voicing
  • Inversions of V7 - I Resolutions in SATB Voicing
  • Exceptions to Voice Leading
  • Doubling Concerns in 7th Chords
  • Figured Bass
  • Figured Bass and Roman Numerals
  • Studying with Bach
  • "Realizing" Figured Bass
  • The Pre-Dominant Phrasing Area
  • Moving from Root Position IV to V Without Parallels
  • Predominant 7th Chords
  • Harmonization Steps
  • Finding Cadences
  • Finding the Right Chord Progression
  • Finding the Right Inversions
  • Practicing Harmonization
  • Melodies for Practice
  • Worksheets and Music for Practice
  • ...and much, much more!

And of course, once you sign up for Part 7 - Harmonization you automatically get huge discounts to all the upcoming parts of this class.

You will not have another opportunity to learn Music Theory in a more comprehensive way than this. 

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top200 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

  • "Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you wait for!"
  • "Amazing - Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I'm so happy! Learnt loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!"
  • "I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."
  • "I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!"
  • "I've watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!"
  • "Clear and Informative - Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!"
  • "Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn't aware of."
  • "The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don't want to know."

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PhD, Ableton Certified Trainer

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.

In 2014, Allen was a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation’s Music Educator of the Year.

J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Instructor. He has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.

Born and raised in Michigan, Allen has worked with many forms of interactive media including audio, video, installation and dance. Mr. Allen’s work has been experienced all over the world, and has been called “a study in ominous sound and motion,”(Baltimore Sun) “An aural hallucinogen,” (Minnesota Public Radio) and “A beautiful and engaging use of technology. ” (Cogapp: The Art and Science Blog). In 2003 Allen joined the team of the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art where he was the assistant director and lead producer through 2009.