Keyboard Harmony Introduction A

When and Where

11 Sep 2019 - 4 Dec 2019 (18 hours, 12 weeks)
Days and times
Wednesday 14:45 - 16:15
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Selena Kay
Course code

What you will learn

This course is about putting theory into practice at the keyboard. Gain a greater understanding of harmony, and learn to use chord shapes in a practical context. You will learn standard chord progressions and learn to harmonise melodies in major and minor keys.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Recognise and find chord shapes in different keys
  • Demonstrate improved co-ordination and independence of hands
  • Play harmonic sequences with good voice-leading
  • Harmonise melodies with simple accompaniments

Class format and activities

Each student will have their own keyboard with headphones. The classes will consist of instruction and demonstration as well as individual practice time and feedback. There will also be some group playing and discussion.
• Improve knowledge of scales and chords in major and minor keys
• Develop fluency and confidence with playing chords in different positions
• Learn voice-leading concepts and put them into practice
• Harmonise melodies in major and minor keys
• Transpose material to keys up to three sharps/flats

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.

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

You will need to have elementary keyboard skills (1-2 years) and knowledge of music theory at Grades 2-3.

What you need to know before you enrol

You will need to have access to a keyboard or piano outside of the class to practice between lessons.

What you will need for your class

Notebook, pencil and eraser, and manuscript paper for music notation.
Text to be advised by the tutor. Schott Music (at 48 Great Marl­bor­ough Street, Lon­don W1F 7BB) offer a 12% discount to Morley students.
Other materials to be supplied by the tutor.

What you can do next

This course runs throughout the year and you can attend it for as many terms as you wish. You may also be interested in joining one of our Piano/Keyboard courses, such as 'Piano 3A/B/C' and 'Piano 4A/B/C: Transition to Workshop'.
You may also want to enhance your Music Theory and musicianship skills by joining the 'ABRSM Music Theory: Grade 3-5', Musicianship 1A/B/C' or 'Aural Training & Musicianship 1A/B/C'.