Keyboard harmony and technique A

Course Dates: 13/01/21 - 17/03/21
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Online

A practical workshop in keyboard harmony and technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 5.

Taught at the keyboard, this module focuses on harmony (keys, chords and cadences) and pianistic technique. You will develop finger-dexterity through work on piano studies by Friedrich Burgmüller. This is an online course, please see below for details.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This workshop will help you understand how harmony works. In this first module (1A) we focus on the building blocks of harmony: scales, chords and cadences. We also develop and strengthen finger-technique with studies by Burgmüller as well as a selection of technical exercises such as those by Hanon. This practical workshop required 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.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Work on piano studies by Friedrich Burgmüller (Op. 100)
- Harmonic analysis of these piano studies
- 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 roman numeral notation.

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
- recognise and read chords in a tonal context
- play ‘missing’ cadences in given exercises from chord symbols (using I, ii, IV, V and vi)
- complete missing chord progressions in examples from standard piano repertoire
- how to transpose simple piano pieces.

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?

For this online course you will need your own piano (or keyboard) with 88 full-sized keys, a copy of the course text-book (see below) and a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone and reliable internet connection.
We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks.
We use ZOOM (video software) to meet for weekly classes via webcam.

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?

You will need your own copy of this keyboard harmony textbook A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony (which will be used in further modules of this class) and Friedrich Burgmuller Op. 100.

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

We recommend that you now study Keyboard harmony and technique B which focuses on longer chord progressions, inversions and voice-leading techniques (how notes move from one chord to another).

You may also wish to study Music theory: grade 6 to support your harmonic studies.

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.

This course has now started

Course Code: ME801A

Started Wed, day, 13 Jan - 17 Mar '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £151.00
Concession: £115.00

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