Advanced Harmony, Counterpoint and Ethnic Music Writing

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Course Code: 
MUS 1201
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 1
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
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Course Description & Objectives: 

The pre-requisite course is MUS 1106. This course offers music writing skills in advanced tonal harmony and orchestration to enable students compose music, both in western tonal musical and ethnic music styles. In this course, theory acquisition is the access to the practical skill; theory and practice work closely together.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Objectives: 

  • To equip students with skills of advanced tonal harmony, so as to write and arrange music in Western art musical style  
  • To equip students with skills to write poems on given ethnic topics and to set ethnic music to these poems.
  • To equip students with skills to compose music informed by African contemporary art musical style
  • To equip students with skills to compose music style based on the indigenous musical styles of the Ugandan people


Learning Outcomes: 
  • Ability to competently use non-harmonic tones, six-four chords, seventh chords, secondary dominant and secondary dominant seventh chords, chromatic sixth chords in the composition
  • Ability to arrange a given chorale/hymn for winds
  • Ability to transcribe ethnic children’s play songs and set them to music with the accompaniment of ethnic strings, winds, drums, and voice
  • Ability to write poems on a given topic using at least one ethnic language


Advanced Harmony
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