Class Activity, MUS 211 Fall 2015
I wanted students to work on a music writing exercise that would incorporate many smaller concepts covered over the semester. Students were asked to work on the following assignment at the piano while I walked around the room.
key: D minor
time signature: 3/4
first phrase: T - PD - D - T that includes
- use of a P or N 6/4 to expand the tonic area
- use of a secondary dominant or secondary LT chord to expand the predominant area
- use of either a cadential 6/4 or a V7 inversion to expand the dominant area
three chords in home key that match the first three from the first phrase
PD-D-T in new key that uses a cadential 6/4 to expand the dominant area
In the last ten minutes of class, I asked student volunteers to play their compositions. For homework, students were asked to revise their classwork to hand in at the following class period.