Keyboard harmony and performance workshop
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
This course has now started
What is the course about?
This workshop will help deepen your understanding of how harmony works, how it is employed by classical composers, and why it is an essential aspect of performance. Chord progressions are studied in historical context and illustrated via specific examples drawn from core keyboard repertoire. Students are free to choose keyboard works from the common practice period to work on in class. We may also develop technique with relevant repertoire and technical exercises. Though there is no minimum level of pianistic ability, this practical workshop requires a starting point of grade 5+ in music theory and confident sheet music reading skills. You will be asked to sight-read short passages in simple keys, and you will be asked to learn or analyse new pieces and exercises as homework.
What will we cover?
- Study of selected tonal keyboard works from the common practice period
- Work on exercises derived from chosen repertoire
- Harmonic analysis of keyboard works using Extended Roman Numeral notation
- Study and work on chord progressions derived from chosen repertoire.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- give a technically-at-ease and harmonically-informed performance of a tonal keyboard work
- undertake harmonic analysis of substantial excerpts of selected piano repertoire
- broaden your understanding of how classical composers use harmony in their compositions
- read, write and play chord progressions
- present several correctly realised examples from the examples used in class.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This workshop is suitable for pianists who are keen to learn the theory behind their practice and who wish to explore harmony in both a practical and theoretical workshop. Though there is no minimum level of pianistic ability, it requires a starting point of grade 5+ in music theory and confident sheet music reading skills. If you are joining this workshop for the first time please make sure you are at an appropriate starting level of ability (min. grade 5 music theory) and have good reading skills. You may attend a music advice session if you are not sure of your level.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course takes place in-person in a workshop format. Materials will be provided by the tutor. We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks.
The course will comprise combinations of lecture-demonstration, question-and-answer, guided listening, and music-manuscript study. You will undertake short, relevant tasks between classes and you will be expected to demonstrate your work in class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
- please bring a classical piece of your own choosing to play at the first session
- you will need to bring your own sheet music, a pen/pencil and blank manuscript paper.
Students should have access to a piano for practice between classes and budget approximately £15 per term for music. Scores may be purchased new or second-hand and/or borrowed from local libraries. Westminster Central Music Library (Victoria) and the Barbican Music Library have very comprehensive collections. Suitable scores may also be available from http://imslp.org/. Some scores are available to borrow from City Lit library, see the online catalogue https://heritage.citylit.ac.uk/heritage/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We recommend that you now study Keyboard Harmony and Technique: advanced or Keyboard Harmony and Improvisation (which focuses on more modern styles as well as jazz). You may wish to explore our Piano workshops or Piano repertoire classes to study classical repertoire. Please note: we have multiple courses at different times throughout the week. Some courses are online, and some take place in our college building.
If you would like to know more about piano classes at City Lit please read our blog Choosing a piano class at City Lit to help you choose the right level. You can also contact the Music Department for advice.
For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.
Ricardo Gosalbo is a Spanish-French pianist. He has held fellowships at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he currently works as Spanish music tutor and staff accompanist. A devoted champion of Spanish and Hispano-American music, Ricardo combines his duties as artistic director of the Hispanic Music Series with his doctoral research on 19th-century Spanish Art Song. Ricardo has performed at many prestigious venues across Europe and has also been featured on BBC Radio 3 'InTune’. A multifaceted music collaborator, Ricardo is a founding member of the Deco Ensemble, praised as ‘one of the UK’s foremost tango ensembles.’ He has also worked extensively with contemporary dancers and choreographers. He has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the ‘Prix de Lied’ at the Concours International de chant-piano Nadia et Lili Boulanger, the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform and the Paul Hamburger Prize. Ricardo teaches piano and piano/keyboards classes, and accompanies classes in classical and music theatre singing.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.