Contemporary Harmony and Counterpoint: A Practical Course A

When and Where

12 Sep 2019 - 5 Dec 2019 (24 hours, 12 weeks)
Days and times
Thursday 14:30 - 16:30
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Paul Sarcich
Course code

What you will learn

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Understand the basis of rhythmic construction
  • Build rhythmic constructions of various types
  • Understand various concepts of linear construction
  • Build linear constructions of various types

Class format and activities

Classes consist of analytical work on demonstrated material, in parallel with students developing short exercises using specific techniques and devices in the framework of given styles. These exercises will be played and analysed in class, and feedback given on them.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

A solid theoretical background (approximately ABRSM Grade 6+ or equivalent) and the ability to fluently write and read standard music notation.

What you need to know before you enrol

Time will need to be spent away from class in developing musical exercises for class presentation.

You will need to follow and contribute to discussions in English.
Music Study can include the use of digital resources such as listening to recordings, watching videos online, using appropriate mobile applications and following Moodle -Morley's virtual learning environment- to enhance your learning inside and outside the classroom.
Music study also offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to enhance wellbeing. Music practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment including developing creativity, developing high-concentration levels, building self-confidence, working to deadlines, being able to control nerves and working as part of a team.

What you will need for your class

Notebook and manuscript paper, data stick.

What you can do next

This course continues next term as 'Pathways to Composition B'. You may also be interested in other related courses Morley College offers, such as 'Orchestration and Arranging' and 'Composition Workshop'. You may also be interested in any 'A Listener's Guide to Music' courses, such as the 'Brief History of Western Music' or the 'Opera in the Baroque and Classical Period'.