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This lesson is part of the Harmony category.


  • Students will be able to identify and analyze different types of tonicization in a musical composition.
  • Students will be able to create a chord progression which includes a tonicization.


Class Activities[edit]

  • Discussion and definition of the concept of tonicization
  • Discussion of different types of tonicization using dominant and leading-tone chords
  • Harmonic analysis of tonicizations in different types of music
  • Composition and improvisation of a tonicization of a given chord in a key


  • Analysis of tonicization in written and recorded music
  • Inflection of a given diatonic musical excerpt to add tonicization
  • Composition of a chord progression which uses tonicization
  • Spelling Tonicizing Chords in Basic Form (Finale | MusicXML | PDF)