Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Harmony and Counterpoint - major 1363/3029/2324/1/24
Study guide

Harmony and Counterpoint - major 1

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music, programme stage 1
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Composition within Compostion
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 6 credits
Co-ordinator: Van Kerkhoven Joost
Other teaching staff: Craens Alain, Van Camp Bram
Languages: Dutch
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2023 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 180,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes (list)

1.2 The student can make music in various styles.
The student develops from a stylistic point of view in terms of harmony (Classicism) and counterpoint (Baroque).
2.1 The student masters the musical parameters and structures.
The student acquires knowledge and understanding of, and can apply, triads and their inversions, chord progressions, cadences, simple modulations, simple ornaments (passing notes, auxiliary notes) in the upper voice and the fluent writing of melodies.
2.2 The student makes progress through independent study.
The student eliminates specific shortcomings and deficiences by means of the individual assignments and the systematic completion of exercises.
2.3 The student reads, analyses, writes and interprets music.
The student develops musical understanding of a score by writing simple harmony and counterpoint him- or herself.

Course content

Read the vademecum.
Harmony: renaissance and early baroque
* chord theory: all triads in root position, first inversion, cadential quarter sixth chord, dominant seventh chord, intermediate dominants

* ornamentation: continuation notes, alternating notes, falling delays, jumping off notes and anticipations

* sequences, modulations

Counterpoint: baroque

* 2-voice counterpoint
* written exercises on the subject matter (vocal and/or instrumental)

Study material (text): Mandatory

Own course (teacher)
- Harmony of the 20th century (V. Persichetti)
- Harmony (W. Piston)

Counterpoint by K.Kennan

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Lectures and / or tutorials30,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours150,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeArtistic skills assessment during the examination series80,00
Eerste examenperiodePortfolio20,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodArtistic skills assessment during the examination series100,00

Evaluation (text)

Portfolio: harmony and counterpoint: 20% of points
Mid-year examination: harmony: 20% of the points
Final exam: harmony 40% of the points and counterpoint 20% of the points