This popular course has been fully revised and updated to provide a comprehensive course in Bach chorale harmonisation, including the management of modulations, the incorporation of suspensions and other melodic decorations and the use of chromatic chords. You will also explore the specification requirements and the examiners’ reports of the A level specifications in detail, in order to discover what the examiners are really looking for.


  • Improved the overall quality of your harmonic knowledge
  • Significantly increase your understanding of Bach chorale writing
  • Gain significant insight into what the exam boards are looking for
  • Explore teaching strategies that will inspire your students to gain an A*
DATES & LOCATION Online | Monday 07 June 2021
  • Heads of Music
  • Teachers of A Level Music
  • Tutors and teachers preparing students in Bach harmonisations
  • Teachers keen to revise their harmonic knowledge
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.30 am: Introduction to Bach chorales

  • Introducing Bach’s harmonic language
  • Exploring Bach cadence formulae: Perfect Cadences
  • Exploring Bach cadence formulae: Imperfect Cadences

11.30 – 11.45am: Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 1.00pm: Moving towards writing complete Bach chorales: Part Writing

  • Exploring effective part-writing: Using passing notes and auxiliary notes
  • Introducing suspensions
  • Identifying harmonic patterns in the middle of chorale phrases
  • Completing the opening of a chorale phrase

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm: Writing complete Bach chorales

  • Studying modulations in Bach chorales
  • Managing Modulations in a complete chorale
  • Case study: Exploring multiple harmonisations of a chorale
  • Checklist for writing successful chorales

3.00 – 3.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 4.00pm:  Advanced Harmonic Language Using chromatic chords effectively

  • Incorporating the diminished seventh
  • Enhancing the supertonic chord
  • Case study: exploring multiple harmonisation of a chorale
  • Stretching the most able students

Miranda Francis

Miranda Francis is currently Director of the Junior Department at the RCM, where she also leads the aural training programme. Highly popular as a course leader, she is also an experienced teacher and examiner.