Harmony at the Piano 2

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

Completion of the propaedeutic phase.
See Competencies Matrix.
Students learn to use the piano as an aid in their main subject study and theory (especially harmony) classes. In addition, they learn to play effective, basic accompaniments.
Relation to other modules
This module is related to the main subject module.
Students learn to playing progressions with triads, tetrads and pentads in all keys and appropriate tempi.
Students learn to play pieces in different ways, e.g., only harmony or harmony with melody, and to transpose melodies and progressions to different keys.
Finally, they will expand their jazz and pop repertoire; a standard repertoire list of 25 jazz and 25 pop pieces is used, and students are encouraged to choose repertoire in keeping with their interests and musical background.
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
Handed out by the instructor (where applicable).
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 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. Prior to the exam, students inform their instructor of the pieces they wish to perform and ask for his approval. Students indicate the titles of the pieces, whether they will be played solo or with a partner, the different tempi, and the name of their musical partner.
Contents: Students play four pieces: one piece with melody, one piece without melody, one piece chosen freely by the student, and one piece to be played at sight. For each exam, students are required to choose different pieces. The exam requirements are higher at the end of the fourth semester than at the end of the third semester of the course.
Duration (in minutes): the number of students in the group lesson multiplied by 15.
Students are able to play cadences in cadences in different keys, transpose the melody and progression of a given piece to a different key, and provide basic, effective accompaniment in a duo setting.
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.