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Harmonic Analysis as Inquiry

15 January, 2016 - 09:13
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Using an inquiry-based approach to harmonic analysis makes the exercise more meaningful for the learner, as it focuses on answering a specific question about how the composer used harmony to accomplish a particular task (such as modulating to a new key), evoke a particular genre or style (such as jazz), or create a particular mood or effect (such as an "eerie" atmosphere).

The purpose of this Inquiry into Music: Course Home is to help you better understand music by studying the way chords are used to organize the music, create moods and effects, and evoke genres and styles. You do not have to be able to read music in order to pursue this inquiry, but you must have some way (for example, using chord symbols) of identifying, understanding, and keeping track of the chords that are being used.

In this inquiry, you will choose a piece or pieces to study, and will study the harmony of those pieces with the goal of answering a particular question about the harmony. You will then demonstrate in a creation of your own what you discovered in your studies.