Justin Henry Rubin:

Interactive Composition and Theory Resource Manual

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Interactive Composition Resources

A. Common Practice Musical Forms

B. 20th Century and Modern Techniques

C. Technqiues of Orchestration


Interactive Music Theory and Aural Skills Resources

A. General

B. Theory Topics

C. Aural Skills

Interactive Composition Resources

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A. Common Practice Musical Forms

Composing a Basso Ostinato

Composing in Binary Forms
(topics include: motivic fragmentation/liquidation, continuity of rhythmic impulse, melodic inversion,
, textural changes, voice exchange, modulation, the golden section, and climax notes)

Composing in Ternary Forms

Composing in Sonata Form

Composing Canons

Composing a Fugue

Composing Chorale Settings

Composing a Theme and Variations

Composing an Aria
(topics include: the rondo, ritornello, the use of syncopation, the hemiola, and text setting)

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B. 20th Century and Modern Techniques

Quartal Harmony

Synthetic Scales


Nonfunctional Tonality

Composing with Sets

Dodecaphony [12-Tone Technique]

Process Music [Minimalism]

Aleatoric Music

Mass Sonority


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C. Techniques of Orchestration

Type I Orchestration

Type II Orchestration

Type III Orchestration

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Interactive Music Theory and Aural Skills Resources

A. General

A Student's Guide to Preparing for the Study of Music Theory

The Forces of Tonal Harmony
(an overview of the function of chords from the Common Practice)

The Composer and Theory

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B. Theory Topics

Key Signatures

Non-Harmonic Tones

Common Practice Era Chord Qualities

Common Practice Era Scales, Intervals, and Chord Functions

Understanding Inversions of Triads and Seventh Chords

The Cadential 6/4

Neapolitan Chord

Augmented Sixth Chords

Secondary Dominants
Test your knowledge: practice secondary dominants in quiz form.

The Diminished Seventh Chord

The Sequence

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C. Aural Skills

Choral Pieces for Classroom Aural Training   Download PDF

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