Keyboard harmony and technique B
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME801B
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This workshop will help you understand how harmony works. In this second module (1B) we focus on the mobility of chords: inversions, progressions and simple modulation. We also develop and finger-technique with selected technical exercises and studies by Louise Farrenc and Henri Bertini. This practical workshop required a confident grade 5 (piano) starting point. You will not be required to sight-read, but you will need to learn both new studies and complete 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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
-- Work on piano studies by Louise Farrenc (Op. 50) and Henri Bertini (Op. 29)
- Harmonic analysis of these piano studies
- continued study of scales and arpeggios
- Study of the circle of 5ths with keys (complete)
- Triads on major and minor scales in root position and inversions (theory and harmony)
- Common chord progressions and modulations from a selection of piano repertoire
- Identification and labelling of chords with appropriate chord symbols.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- demonstrate a fluent understanding of key signatures related to the circle of fifths
- play ‘missing’ progressions in given exercises from chord symbols
- complete missing chord progressions (using I, ii, IV, V and vi) in examples from piano repertoire
- identify modulations in examples from piano repertoire.
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.
If you are joining the course for module B please make sure you can already play scaled (major and minor) with key signature up to 6 sharps and flats. If you are unsure of your level, please contact the music department for further advice – firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an 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 to take this class.
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 be given short, relevant tasks to support your learning between classes and you will be asked to share your work in class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may find it useful to have a pen/pencil and a folder to keep your notes and handouts organised.
You will need to source your own copies of this textbook (used for the first three modules of this course):
A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We recommend that you now study Keyboard harmony and technique 1C which focuses on baroque figured bass (as an alternative to chord symbols) and technical exercises by Cramer.
You may also wish to study Music theory: grade 6 which supports your harmonic studies.
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.