Professor Wright explains the way harmony works in Western music. Throughout the lecture, he discusses the ways in which triads are formed out of scales, the ways that some of the most common harmonic progressions work, and the nature of modulation. Professor Wright focuses particularly on the listening skills involved in hearing whether harmonies are changing at regular or irregular rates in a given musical phrase. His musical examples in this lecture are wide-ranging, including such diverse styles as grand opera, bluegrass, and 1960s American popular music. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction to Harmony 03:36 - Chapter 2. The Formation and Changing of Chords 19:50 - Chapter 3. Harmonic Progressions 35:54 - Chapter 4. Major and Minor Harmonies in Popular Music 42:38 - Chapter 5. Modulation through Harmony This course was recorded in Fall 2008.
This course fosters the development of aural skills that lead to an understanding of Western music. The musical novice is introduced to the ways in which music is put together and is taught how to listen to a wide variety of musical styles, from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant, to the blues.