Harmony at the Piano 1

Module code
Curricular domain
Theory Classes
Group size
Number of course weeks
Class duration
One 80-minute lesson per week
Total contact hours
40 hours
Study load
72 hours

Form / content / level

Admitted to the main subject course.
See Competencies Matrix.
Students learn to use the piano as an aid in their main subject study and theory modules (particularly harmony). In addition, they learn to play effective, basic accompaniments.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the music theory modules.
Students learn to play progressions in a variety of styles and voicing techniques, in different keys and with steady rhythm at a low tempo.
Students learn to play pieces in different ways, e.g., only harmony or harmony with melody.
They study standards in the jazz and pop repertoire or in related styles. A methodologically structured reader containing lead sheets covering these styles is used. Each student must study the full range of styles offered.
Students Composition for Film (&Theater) focus more on site reading scores and improvisation in classical harmony.
Mode(s) of instruction
Duo lessons and group lessons. The lessons are scheduled to facilitate 80-minute group lessons with four students.
Material & Tools
Reader, leadsheets.
Student activity

Examination and assessment

Mode(s) of assessment
At the end of both semesters an exam is taken during a group lesson and assessed by two instructors. In addition to their solo performance, students may also accompany a chosen duo partner. They are free in their partner choice; there is no requirement to play with the partner from the duo lessons.
a) students play two pieces in different styles. Both are handed out at the exam and are therefore played without preparation.
Duration (in minutes): the number of students in the group lesson multiplied by 15.
b) students perform technical assignments, i.e. play separate chords or progressions in specific voicings and keys.
Students are able to play chord symbols in different ways, play simple cadences in different keys and play unprepared an accompaniment to a simple lead sheet using an appropriate rhythmic style and voicing.
Pass requirements
The student has completed this module if he is awarded a minimum grade of 5.5 at the end of the second semester. Assessment at the end of the autumn semester is formative and expressed in terms of satisfactory/unsatisfactory. It indicates a student's progress in this module. No ECs are awarded and there is no resit. Modules can only be absolved, and ECs awarded, after the end of the spring semester.
Examination procedure
Resit options
see the OER (=Education and assessment regulations)

Module summary

Students learn to use the piano as an aid in their main subject study and theory (particularly harmony) classes. In addition, they learn to play effective, basic accompaniments.