Contemporary Harmony and Counterpoint: A Practical Course A

When and Where

11 Sep 2020 - 4 Dec 2020 (24 hours, 12 weeks)
Days and times
Friday 14:00 - 16:00


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Paul Sarcich
Course code

What you will learn

This course teaches cover the rudiments of 3 and 4 part harmony in the major-minor key system. It examines scale types, chord types, chord alteration and extension, modulation and harmonic pathways, using examples from classical, jazz and popular music.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Understand the structure of scales and chords in the major-minor system
  • Write exercises building your skill in harmonic sequences
  • Understand the process of modulation
  • Analyse and understand harmonic sequences found in various types of music.

Class format and activities

This is a live online face to face course.
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/or 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.
Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the stated learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals.
Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

What you will need for your class

Notebook and manuscript paper, data stick.
To join this online class you will need a good internet connection and computer/tablet with webcam and sound, and familiarity with the Microsoft Teams software.

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.