Students from my other courses (Music Composition 1, Music Composition 2, Music Theory and Orchestration) have been requesting that I create a course on writing four-part harmony. This course is an answer to that request.
The course is divided into 8 sections. Each lecture within a section covers a different topic or concept. Study all lectures in the section before taking the quiz for the section. After you have passed the quiz, complete the assignment(s).
All of the assignments can be downloaded. You can print them and complete them with pencil, or if you prefer, some of the assignments can be done using notation software. If you do not have notation software, you can download musescore for free at the musescore web site.
Please complete the lessons in order, as earlier concepts taught are needed to complete the later lessons.
Important: This is not a music theory course or a music composition course. These subjects have been covered by the author in Music Theory, Music Composition 1, and Music Composition 2. This course covers only the fundamentals of four-part writing. In order to get the most out of this course you should already possess a basic understanding of music theory and music composition.
- A basic knowledge of music theory and music composition. If you do not already have a rudimentary understanding of music theory and music composition, it is recommended that you take a theory and composition course before beginning this course. (See “Music Theory”, “Music Composition 1” and “Music Composition 2” by the same author.)
- Paper and pencil or some type of music notation software (such as the free musescore notation software)
- A printer if you wish to print the assignments.
- Although not a necessity, it is very beneficial to have some ability to play the piano (or other instrument) .
- You will learn the basic guidelines and techniques of four-part writing.
- By the end of the course you will be writing assignments for four parts.
Jonathan Peters is an award-winning composer currently residing in the beautiful state of Colorado. Since 1990 he has worked as a composer, conductor, arranger, recording artist, educator and author. Mr. Peters holds a B.A. in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College and continued his graduate work for a M.M. in music composition at California State University Northridge, which included areas of study in advanced composition, theory, orchestration, and film scoring.
Mr. Peters’ music has been performed both internationally and by orchestras across the United States. He has won multiple awards and recognitions, such as 1st place in the 1996 Composers Today Contest. His nearly 50 works include 2 full length operas, a symphony, orchestral works, chamber music, choral pieces, and works for solo piano.
Recordings by Mr. Peters can be heard on the radio, and his many albums sell in stores world-wide. He is also the author of the Scholastic Music Series, a collection of educational CDs that use music as a tool to teach various academic subjects. His CD, The Constellations - A Guide to the Orchestra, received the highest starred review from School Library Journal and is carried in libraries throughout the country.
Mr. Peters is the author of five academic books on music and three children’s books. Besides teaching piano privately he also gives on-line instruction in music theory, music composition, four-part writing, and orchestration. His on-line courses have been taken by thousands of students from over a hundred countries.