Department Head - Music Theory

James Chang received his Ph.D. degree in music theory. His earlier education included science and economics.

His compositions—including several commissioned works—and arrangements have been published and performed in the U.S. and in European and Asian countries. Most recently, he has received a commission to compose the music for the dedication of a Memorial Concert Hall in China.

In previous years, Dr. Chang has served as a charter editorial board member of several music journals. He was appointed an honorary member of China's Society. He was a guest professor in Taiwan (1996) and Hong Kong (1984-86). He has presented numerous lectures and clinics in six countries, and leads field study in China and Taiwan. Presently, he is on the editorial review board of the Journal of Music and a member of the Hong Kong Council.

Grade 4 Counterpoint

This course teaches the student to add a bass to a given soprano or a soprano to a given bass in the Baroque style.  Invertible counterpoint at the octave and 15th is also included.  Demonstrating these techniques in a two-part fugal exposition is required.  Of course, the student must be familiar with the important terms and analysis of fugue exposition.


Grade 5 Harmony and Counterpoint

This course examines advanced applications of all chords and there are versions as well as the secondary variety and chromatic alterations.  Modulations to remote keys are now required.  More elaborate noncore notes are explained.  Continuing a given opening to create a two-part contrapuntal binary composition is explored.  Naturally, motivic unity and key relationships must be in accordance with the historical requirements of the form. The ability to harmonize in Chorale style with appropriate modulation in a four-part texture is assumed.

Composition and Theory:

Judy Hogan
Donald Happen

David Neale, Coordinator



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