Keyboard harmony and technique A

Course Dates: 13/01/20 - 30/03/20
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

A practical workshop in keyboard harmony and technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 5. This module focuses on keys, chords and cadences. You will also develop finger-dexterity through study of exercises by Diabelli.


What is the course about?

This workshop will help you understand how harmony works. In this first module we focus on the building blocks of harmony: scales, chords and cadences. We also develop and strengthen finger-technique with technical exercises by Diabelli. This practical workshop requires a confident grade 5 (piano) starting point for pianists. You will not be required to sight-read, but you will need to learn new studies and complete short exercises during class time and for homework.

What will we cover?

- Use of Diabelli’s piano studies Op.125
- Study of scales and arpeggios for major/minor keys up to 6 sharps and flats
- Study of the circle of 5ths with keys up to 6 sharps or flats (harmonic and melodic forms)
- Triads on major and minor scales (above) in root position and inversions (theory and harmony)
- Common cadences (perfect, plagal, interrupted) in at least 4 key signatures
- at least two basic chord progressions using chord symbols.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- recognise and read key signatures up to 6 sharps and flats
- play ‘missing’ cadences in given exercises from chord symbols
- complete missing chord progressions (using I, ii, IV, V and vi) in examples from Bach chorales.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for pianists at a confident grade 5 standard who are keen to learn the theory behind their practice and who wish to explore harmony in both a practical and theoretical workshop.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

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 your own copy of this keyboard harmony textbook A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony which will be used in all three modules of this class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course continues with Keyboard harmony and technique B (ME801B)
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.

Tutor Biographies
Ricardo Gosalbo Tutor Website

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.

Book your place

Course Code: ME801A

Mon, day, 13 Jan - 30 Mar '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £239.00
Senior fee: £191.00
Concession: £146.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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