Contemporary Harmony and Counterpoint: A Practical Course B

When and Where

9 Jan 2020 - 26 Mar 2020 (22 hours, 11 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

This course teaches contrapuntal writing, beginning with the nature of intervals and leading to being able to put two or three parts against each other. It then integrates these techniques into passages of harmonic progression to marry chords and lines into a satisfactory musical result.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Understand the nature of intervals as they apply to contrapuntal writing
  • Use the basic techniques of counterpoint to write in two and three parts
  • Combine harmony and counterpoint in ensemble writing
  • Develop pieces of music on sound harmonic and contrapuntal foundations

Class format and activities

Students will do a number of short-form exercises in each species of counterpoint, and exercises in building counterpoint into harmonic sequences. These will build into longer-form attempts to write fully-harmonised tunes with contrapuntal elements. Examples will be gone through in class and students given exercises to complete as homework.

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. This section of the course is quite "homework heavy" as key skills neeed to be built up and exercised.

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. 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'.