Practical Counterpoint

An in-depth look at counterpoint for up to 4 voices, including invertible counterpoint, fugue and implied harmony.

Course Summary

Course length: 2 hours +

In this course you’ll learn how to write Baroque and early Classical-style counterpoint from a modern approach.

You’ll first understand the elements that go into creating an effective solo melody line, and then add a second part while looking at how the parts combine with each other in terms of melody, rhythm and harmony.

You’ll also learn about three- and four-part counterpoint, invertible counterpoint, and some of the typical composition forms like the fugue and the trio sonata.

You’ll find this course in-depth and both accessible and practical, and by the end you’ll feel confident composing your own contrapuntal music in a Baroque style like this:

Course Curriculum

Victoria Williams

I'm Victoria Williams BA (Hons)Mus, LmusTCL, AmusTCL (Distinction), MISM. I graduated in music, (specialising in musicology), from the University of Leeds. I hold two diplomas in music theory from Trinity College London, and have enjoyed over a decade of experience teaching music theory, with an emphasis on ABRSM exam preparation, to students around the globe. All the materials have been tried and tested on real human students, and have proven themselves to be effective - my students generally gain top marks in their exam (and so can you!)

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