This course builds on the foundation of the Berklee core harmony curriculum by examining the musical characteristics found in the principal popular music genres of the 1970s. The primary focus of this course is on modernist compositional techniques such as sequence and transposition (constant structure, dominant chord patterns such as contiguous, special function dominant chords), modal harmony and composition, layered ostinato, pedal point, compound chords, and hybrid voicings. Additional topics include deceptive resolutions of secondary dominants, modal interchange, and modulation.
AR-111 and HR-211, HR-213, or HR-215
All B.M. and P.D. students
Major Elective for
Fall, Spring, Summer
George Russell Jr.