Suggested Learning Resources


2) Video Lesson: YouTube ArtOfCounterpoint Channel

3) Online Reading: Lesson

4) Interactive Lesson: 

Music Theory QuickThink: 

-          The first note of a measure in second species counterpoint is considered the down beat  (strong note), and the second note is considered the off beat (weak note) (strong and weak in this sense does not mean strong and weak counterpoint)

-          All first species rules and guidelines should be applied to the first note of each measure in second species counterpoint

-          The following second species counterpoint rules should not be broken

-          In second species counterpoint, the following guidelines may be broken in some cases, but the result is a weaker sense of counterpoint

Objective 12.3: Examples in Music: YouTube

Objective 12.3: Identify strengths and weaknesses of second species counterpoint