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Music 232

Diatonic Harmony– Spring Semester 2021

MWF 10:00-10:50a


Instructor: Jono Kornfeld





Online Office Hours: M & W, 11:30a-12:30p (appointment necessary); and other times by appointment

email link


Graduate Assistant: Forrest Ballman, email link


Remote Learning Procedures






Tonal Harmony – Textbook, 7th or 8th Edition

Kostka/Payne, McGraw Hill


A College-Level Music Dictionary:

Oxford, Harvard, etc.


A Music Notation Manual: Norton, Alfred, etc.


The prerequisite for this course is MUS 231; This course is a prerequisite for MUS 233


This course focuses on diatonic harmony & structures associated with Western European and more-recent American music. The main source material will be from the 18th and 19th centuries, but more recent styles, such as jazz, rock, folk and pop will also be included: Bach to the Beatles and beyond! We will explore how harmony and counterpoint (and melody) interrelate through four-part textures (exemplified by the Bach Chorale), but also through textures like solo, chamber & orchestral, as well as modern-style lead sheet examples. The goal of this class is to enable students to analyze and/or compose music in the above-mentioned styles, and to have a command of the associated vocabulary.


Your written work will consist of a mixture between homework, quizzes, and separate composition/analysis projects.


Each assignment and exam will have its own grade. You can also look up your grades to date through this link—grades are listed via an assigned alias to protect your privacy.


Class participation: 5%

Students are expected to attend all classes and participate, but attendance is not required.  Participation means joining on time, being fully present and engaged, not behaving in a distracted or distracting manner, and very-importantly, treating others with respect. Students should practice professional-level communication during class, and in written correspondence.


Keyboard harmony requirement: 5% (audio link)


Midterm piano composition project: 10%

Details will be announced.


Final analysis/composition project: 15%

Details will be announced.


Quizzes: 25%

In lieu of midterm and final exams, there will be approximately 9 quizzes. They will be announced in advance.  Quizzes should take between 5-10 minutes to complete, and will use questions drawn from the text, lecture notes, and syllabus reading sheets (all downloadable in advance), and will be open-note/book. You should have a pencil and staff paper available for all quizzes.  Missed quizzes cannot be made up.  The lowest grade will be dropped. Quizzes must be submitted via email by 11:59pm on the due date. Quizzes cannot be redone.


Homework: 40%

Homework is due on the day announced, via email by 11:59pm. Assignments must be downloaded and (often) printed out. Late assignments will not be accepted unless otherwise specified, but reasonable excuses are ok in many cases. Emailing an assignment late without any explanation will result in a grade of 0 for that assignment. Homework collaboration option. The lowest grade will be dropped.


Redo policy: Unless otherwise specified, you can redo any homework assignment that gets less than a 93%.  The score of the redone version of the assignment will be averaged with the original score for a final assignment grade, with a maximum possible grade of 93%.  Redone assignments are due two class periods after the original assignment is returned. Redoing an assignment means that you either make clear corrections on the original assignment, or that you submit a copied-over, corrected version of the original assignment on a separate piece of paper. For the latter, you MUST include the original assignment along with the redo; you don't have to copy over portions of the original assignment that were done correctly. This does NOT apply to quizzes, which cannot be redone.


**Please note: the above percentages are subject to redistribution**


Missed assignments, quizzes or exams: in the event of an unforeseen absence, make-up exams/quizzes or assignment-extensions may be granted for extenuating circumstances, and only on a case-by-case basis.  Such circumstances must be documented (i.e. a doctor's note, etc.) and I must be notified in advance, not afterwards.


Extra credit assignments (optional): may be assigned and will be announced in class.


Plagiarism: While some collaboration is expected and productive, the bulk of your assignments and definitely any compositions must be done individually unless otherwise specified.  Violations will be subject to the University's Code of Conduct as it relates to such matters.


Please note the following from the SFSU Bulletin: To receive credit toward completion of the degree requirements, a grade of C (a C- does NOT count) or better is required for all music courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Music major...To receive credit toward completion of the degree requirements, a grade of C or better is required for all music courses in the Bachelor of Music major.


And: Students with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations are encouraged to contact the instructor. The Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) is available to facilitate the reasonable accommodations process. The DPRC is located in the Student Service Building and can be reached by telephone (voice/TTY 415-338-2472) or by email (


SF State fosters a campus free of sexual violence including sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and/or any form of sex or gender discrimination. If you disclose a personal experience as an SF State student, the course instructor is required to notify the Dean of Students. To disclose any such violence confidentially, contact:  The SAFE Place - (415) 338-2208; Counseling and Psychological Services Center - (415) 338-2208; For more information on your rights and available resources:


Attendance is not required, but strongly encouraged. All Zoom meetings will be recorded and made available ASAP. It is your responsibility to get notes from any class you miss.  Do not send emails or request appointments regarding material covered during an unexcused absence.  Disruptive, distracting, or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated and may result in you being asked to leave a meeting. 


There may be instances where we need to make individual, special arrangements.  In these cases, it is best that we do so with confirmation emails.  In the event that we have made a special arrangement, please make sure we have at least done so in writing.  If you write to me, please communicate as clearly and professionally as possible.  While this is a music class, you are expected to practice college-level, professional communication standards in your written and oral communication. Make sure your SFSU email is set up to forward to your regular/personal email address.


The syllabus (including assignments, quiz and grade distributions) and downloads are subject to revisions as the semester progresses.  Check the syllabus web page often, and your email, and listen for announcements in class.  Do not download the lecture notes and/or assignments all at once in case revisions are made as the semester progresses.


In an ongoing effort to nurture your notation skills, all work handed in must be written in pencil; computer-notated assignments will not be accepted. When using staff paper for any assignment, the paper should have no left- or right-side bar lines and have no clefs printed on it. Notation is a factor in grading. Notation errors, cross-outs, sloppy notation or analyses may lower assignment grades and/or will be handled on a discretionary basis.


You should plan to be able to print required materials/assignments/quizzes for class on a regular basis. However, it is understandable that printing could be a hardship for some, in which case we will work out an alternative so that everyone can access what they need. You should also be able to photograph or scan assignments for email submission. All materials will be available through the web syllabus (and occasionally iLearn & emails) and will be PDF files.





(Week No.)

Week of

Class Topics and Downloadable Notes

(day covered–"M, W, F")

*Chapters are based on the K.P. 7th edition


Assignments and items to print

for that week with specific due day


Jan 25

Class organization, course overview (M)

Introduction to diatonic harmony (WF)

Overtone Series Tutorial (F)



Mozart K.331 Link (audio)

Note stacking tutorial


Feb 1

Ch. 3: Triads, 7th chords, figured bass (MWF)

Ch. 3 Reading Sheet

Chromaticism in figured bass


(F) Ch. 3 (part I)


Feb 8

Ch. 3 continued (M)

Ch. 4: Diatonic chords (WF) Ch. 4 Reading Sheet


(F) Ch. 3 (part II): Question 2 audio; Question 3 audio


Feb 15

Ch. 4 continued (M)

Ch. 5: Voice leading (WF) Ch. 5 Reading Sheet


(F) Ch. 4: Question 2 audio; Question 3 audio


Feb 22

Ch. 5 continued (M)

Ch. 6: Root position part writing (WF)

Ch. 6 Reading Sheet


(F) Ch. 5


March 1

Ch. 6 continued (M)

Ch. 7: Harmonic progressions (WF)

(including 2nd level analysis)

Ch. 7 Reading Sheet

Circle of 5ths progressions/jazz (pdf)


(F) Ch. 6



March 8

Ch. 7 continued (M)

Ch. 8: First inversion triads (WF)

Ch. 8 Reading Sheet




March 15

Ch. 8 continued (M)

Ch. 9: Second inversion triads (WF)

Ch. 9 Reading Sheet


(M) Ch. 7


(W) Keyboard Harmony Requirement


March 22 – 26: Spring Recess, No Class



March 29

Ch. 9 continued (M)

No Class, Cesar Chavez Day (W)

Ch. 10: Cadences, phrases, periods (F)

Ch. 10 Reading Sheet

All The Cadences... (pdf) (Audio/mp3)

Period Examples


(W) Ch. 8





April 6

Ch. 10 continued (MWF) - The Sentence

(F) Ch. 9: Clementi audio




April 12

Ch. 10 continued (MW)

*Ch. 11: Non chord tones I (F)

*Ch. 11 Reading Sheet

All the NCTs...(pdf)

Unornamented example (audio)

Passing Tone (audio)  *  Neighbor Tone (audio)

Suspension (audio)  *  Retard (audio)


(F) Piano composition project due  *  Audio link




April 19

*Ch. 11 continued (M)

*Ch. 12: Non chord tones II (WF)

*Ch. 12 Reading Sheet

Appoggiatura (audio)  *  Escape Tone (audio)

Neighbor Group (audio)  *  Anticipation (audio)

Pedal Tone/Point (audio)

Embellishing a simple texture with all NCTs  *  (Audio)


(F) Ch. 10, Minuet in G audio; Op. 13, ii audio





April 26

*Ch. 12 continued (M)

Final Project discussed (M)

*Ch. 13: The V7 chord (WF)

*Ch. 13 Reading Sheet


May 3

*Ch. 14: II7 and VII7 Chords (M)

*Ch. 14 Reading Sheet

*Ch. 15: Other diatonic 7th chords (W)

*Ch. 15 Reading Sheet

Ch. 18 An introduction to modulation (F)


(M) Ch. 11 & 12 Combination * Audio





May 10

Culminating Perspectives (MW)

Wrap-up (F)

Last day of classes: (F)


(M) Ch. 13, Bach WTC audio


(F) Hand In: Final Project Draft

Final Project

Audio Example



Final Composition Drafts returned (M)


(F, May 21) Hand In:

Final Composition Project


Extra Credit Assignment (pdf of score) (audio example)

Due by Friday, May 21