2-Part Counterpoint Assignment Theory Things   William Wieland
Compose a second line to accompany one of the Christmas carol melodies linked below. I will grade it according to the following guidelines:
  1. Compose only 2-part music. (Add an alto line to the original melody.)
  2. Place your second part just below the melody using Finale's layer feature.
  3. Begin and end with an interval which implies a tonic triad, e.g. 1 & 3, 1 & 5, 1 & 8 or 3 & 8. (See 2-Part Counterpoint Endings.)
  4. Write mostly 3rds, 6ths and/or 10ths between the two parts. For a better grade, do not write a harmonic interval more than 4 times in a rowóIhr Kinderlein kommet & Stille Nacht.
  5. Use the Nearest Notes. (Compose mostly stepwise melodic motion.)
  6. Write NO Perfect Parallels between the parts. Favor oblique motion. ( T-shirt )
  7. You may write dissonances if you identify them. Use dissonances only on weak beats, only one at a time and only stepwise. See Intervals for a list of dissonant intervals. See also Nonharmonic Tones.
  8. For the highest grade, carefully consider the harmonies implied by your counterpointóRefer to the final MUS 110 Keyboard Journal harmonizing assignment.
Play your work and revise. Print your final version. Finally, compare your counterpoint to that of students who worked on the same tune.
MIDI files:
Angels We have Heard on High 
The First Noel
Joy to the World
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
MuseScore files:
Angels We have Heard on High 
The First Noel
Joy to the World
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
PDF files:
Angels We have Heard on High 
The First Noel
Joy to the World
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
PrintMusic! files:
Angels We have Heard on High 
The First Noel
Joy to the World
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
For more information, refer to one of the many fine Counterpoint Books.