Harmonic Cadences

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This lesson is part of the Harmony category.


  • Students will be familiar with the concept of cadences.
  • Students will be able to identify the four basic types of cadences (PAC, IAC, HC, PC)
  • Students will be able to identify and deceptive gestures/cadences, and define why or why they are not cadences (depending on style)


Class Activities[edit]

  • Definition of the concept of cadence, and introduction to different types of cadences
  • Identification and analysis of cadences in different genres of music
  • Discussion of plagal and deceptive gestures/cadences.


  • Cadence identification and analysis in written and recorded music
  • Melodic harmonization with specific cadential goals