Minor & Modal Harmony

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This lesson is part of the Harmony category.


  • Students will be familiar with harmonic characteristics of each diatonic mode.
  • Students will understand the harmonic changes which arise from the use of harmonic and melodic minor.
  • Optional: Students will become familiar with the modes of the harmonic minor scale for jazz improvisation


Class Activities[edit]

  • Determination of the diatonic chords for each heptatonic mode, and for harmonic and melodic minor
  • Analysis of modal harmony in composition from various styles
  • Improvisation and composition of harmonic accompaniment for various modal melodies


  • Harmonization of minor and modal melodies
  • Roman numeral analysis of minor and modal music (written and recorded)
  • Properly inflecting ˆ6 and ˆ7 in a classical minor harmony