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TonalityGUIDE - basic tonal music theory and analysis for undergraduates is a free resource for Level I university music students. It has been developed to accompany tutorials in 'Musical Techniques' at Liverpool Hope University College. TonalityGUIDE is partly funded by a PALATINE development award (the UK funding body for innovation in higher education).

TonalityGUIDE consists of a collection of interlinked pages with no particular start or end point. There are various suggested ways through this material, as well as a selective table of contents):

  • Reference guide - starts with chords and scales and moves through explanations of short progressions through to longer modulating passages
  • ToolKIT - explanations of key skills and concepts, laying foundations for the rest of the site as well as providing context. There are sections covering chord identification, voice-leading and style, as well as a general introduction and a reminder of notational basics
  • Tutorials - the Liverpool Hope tutorials support work undertaken in class, with links to explanations and exercises both on and off line
  • DefinitionBANK - jump to concise explanations of the key concepts

Help with A level composition and a method for writing a theme in the Classical Style

Read reviews of TonalityGUIDE by PALATINE and Piano Pedagogy Plus!

The resource is being developed by Tom Pankhurst, author of, the popular Schenkerian analysis Web site.

Link to Sassaby - host and technical consultant to the TonalityGUIDE project Link to - the advanced music theory companion site to

Startcentre ReferenceGUIDE ToolKIT Introduction
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