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Course Overview

This course builds upon the theory, harmony and analysis courses at levels 1 and 2. It provides an opportunity for students to develop a knowledge of harmony in order to enhance their skillset for further musicological study, and to inform their work as composers or performers. Students will explore a range of genres, such as the piano sonata, string quartet and lied. Analytical work is intended to aid an understanding of harmonic progressions. Students produce weekly harmony assignments which may include analytical exercises, harmony exercises and pastiche composition. There may also be opportunities to explore improvisation in eighteenth-century style.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor David J Smith

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either MU1038 Music, Theory and Harmony (Passed) or MU2523 Analysing Music (Passed)
  • One of Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music with Honours (Music and Communities) or Bachelor of Music with Honours (Education)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Students explore the music of the Classical and early Romantic period through a study of its harmonic language. Represetative works will be placed in their historical context, and analysis used as a tool for understanding tonal harmony. At the heart of the course will be harmony exercises and pastiche composition.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

  • In-course assessment (100%)
  • Resubmission of in-course assessment.

Formative Assessment

Weekly exercises.


Feedback will be provided on a weekly basis on the formative assignments. This may take one of several forms:

  • one-to-one oral feedback;
  • feedback to the group in the form of a presentation;
  • group discussion; and
  • written feedback on scripts.

The summative assessment will be awarded a mark, and feedback will take the form of detailed annotations to the script.

Course Learning Outcomes


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