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Elements of Melody & Harmony - Chapter Summary
This chapter will take you through an in-depth study of melody and harmony. You can learn about melodic structures, contour, and embellishments, as well as study harmonic intervals. Further lessons guide you through the concepts of inversions, cadence, pitch collections, and tones. When you have completed this chapter, you should be able to:
- Compare melody and harmony
- Identify melodic and harmonic intervals
- Demonstrate pitch collections
- Describe types of melodic structures, embellishments, and contours
- Analyze melodic contour
- Explain interval and chord inversions
- Describe musical cadence and embellishing tones
The lessons in this chapter include text and video lessons, which have been created by our professional instructors. You can use the Timeline feature of the video player to review the main ideas in the lessons or to skip directly to any topic you want to re-review. After each lesson, you will find a self-assessment quiz. Use these to monitor your understanding, and keep track of your progress on your Dashboard.
1. Melody vs. Harmony: Definitions and Examples
What is a 'melody?' How are 'melody' and 'harmony' different? What kinds of harmonies are used in classical and current popular styles of music? Find out the basics of melody and harmony in this lesson.
2. Pitch Collections: Definitions & Examples
This lesson introduces you to pitch collections, one of the most important concepts in music. You'll learn how to understand pitch collections you see in music and explore common collections.
3. Melodic Contour: Definition & Examples
This lesson teaches you about melodic contour, which helps musicians understand how melodies rise and fall. Learn about the four types of melodic motion, and analyze the contours of some famous melodies to find out what makes them so special.
4. Chord Inversions: Triads & Seventh Chords
Chords are the foundation of any composition, so it's important to know how to build them. In this lesson, we'll look at inverted chords and see how a composition is affected when chords are inverted.
5. Cadence in Music: Definition & Types
How do composers ensure that the endings of their pieces sound right? In this lesson, we'll look at that question and see what role the cadence has in ending a musical composition.
6. Embellishing Tones: Definition & Examples
Even technically perfect music can get a little dry at times. In this lesson, we'll look at one way to add a bit of ornamentation to help keep your compositions lively.
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Other chapters within the NYSTCE Music (075): Practice and Study Guide course
- Elements of Music Notation
- Types & Characteristics of Scales
- Meter & Rhythm
- Musical Forms
- How to Compose, Arrange & Improvise Music
- Vocal Range
- Principles of Singing & Sound Production
- Understanding Instruments
- Opera and Orchestral Music
- Medieval Music
- Music of the Renaissance
- The Baroque Period in Music
- The Classical Period in Music
- The Romantic Period in Music
- Modern Era Music
- Jazz Music
- Musical Theater and Popular Music
- Music of the World
- NYSTCE Music Flashcards