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Applied Keyboard Harmony

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Overview

Learn fundamental harmonic progressions (dominant/tonic; turnarounds and II – V7 – I), with an emphasis on 7th chords (and later 9th chords) in all major and minor keys; basic tune forms (AABA, ABAB) and how to analyze a lead sheet (key, form and harmonic progressions), while playing songs reflecting all concepts learned. Materials are presented in an active, hands-on fashion, aimed at liberating note-readers from the printed page. Handouts are provided by the instructor. This course prepares students for Jazz Piano I. Prerequisite: basic keyboard knowledge.

Saturdays 1:30 – 3 pm
4/8 – 6/10 (10 weeks)
Jeanne Walpole • $395

 

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DEPARTMENT:  Piano

COURSE TITLE: Applied Keyboard Harmony

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Learn fundamental harmonic progressions (dominant/tonic; turnarounds and II – V7 – I), with an emphasis on 7th chords (and later 9th chords) in all major and minor keys; basic tune forms (AABA, ABAB) and how to analyze a lead sheet (key, form and harmonic progressions), while playing songs reflecting all concepts learned. Materials are presented in an active, hands-on fashion, aimed at liberating note-readers from the printed page. Handouts are provided by the instructor. This course prepares students for Jazz Piano I.

COURSE PREREQUISITES: basic keyboard knowledge.

COURSE PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES:

Students will be able to do the following:

  • Play all the major scales (and some minor)
  • Harmonize each scale and a simple tune in each key with tonic and dominant
  • Learn to play diatonic turnarounds in most major keys
  • Apply typical modifications to the diatonic turnaround
  • Play several tunes from lead sheets
  • Play in major and minor keys

REQUIRED READING/MATERIALS: Handouts are provided by the instructor.

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1

Tonic/dominant 7th with scales in sharp keys

Harmonize and transpose simple tune

Week 2

Flat keys, tonic/dominant; simple tune in all keys

Week 3

Turnaround (I – vi – iimi7 – V7 – I), 7ths on all chords

play in C – G – F – Bb – Eb

Week 4

“Blue Moon” – AABA form

Analyze underlying harmonies in C, transpose to G

Week 5

AABA/turnarounds continued

“At Last”. II – V7 – I progression

Week 6

Common alterations to turnaround (VI as dom7b9) Form:ABAB

Tune: “Sometimes I’m Happy”

Week 7

Alterations to turnaround continued. Tune:“ ‘S Wonderful”

III – VI – II – V7 – I turnaround

Week 8

Minor scales (Aeolian; harmonic; melodic)

Turnaround and chord

qualities in minor keys

Tune: “Summertime”

Week 9

Minor keys continued

Tune: “My Funny Valentine”

Week 10

Intensive review of all material covered during course

Jeanne Walpole (piano)

M.A. in Music Theory, San Francisco State U.; M.A. Studies in Piano Manhattan School of Music; B.A., Smith College: studied with Dick Hindman 1990–2003; Pianist, Nordstrom.

 

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