2
The content distribution in the typical core curriculum as outlined in many popular textbooks (Aldwell, Schachter and Cadwallader, Clendinning and Marvin, Kostka and Payne, Laitz, Roig-Francolí, Turek) heavily emphasizes part writing. We define part writing in its current pedagogical form as the specific combination of voice leading and harmonic syntax in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century styles that has appeared in textbooks since Walter Piston’s Harmony. It is the most-covered topic in these textbooks, and occupies the largest portion of our core sequence. Is this emphasis warranted?