Have you ever wanted to ‘fine tune’ your harmony teaching skills? Have you ever wondered how to successfully bridge the gap between key stages?

This stimulating course has been revised in order to provide enhanced guidance and support for teachers new to teaching harmony who are keen to improve their harmonic knowledge.


By the end of the course, delegates will have:

  • Improved the overall quality of their harmonic knowledge
  • Developed strategies for teaching harmony from scratch
  • Explored the integration of aural/harmony and analysis teaching
  • Learned how to support the weakest and stimulate the most able students
COURSE DATE London Friday 12 October 2018
  • This course is designed for music teachers preparing their students for harmony and theory examinations but would be of use to anyone 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 - 11.15am: Teaching harmony from scratch

  • Strategies for teaching harmony from scratch
  • Principles for teaching genuinely interesting and stimulating harmony lessons
  • Creating A Level playing field – revision of basic harmonic language
  • Practical and stimulating approaches to teaching the harmonic ‘basics’

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 1.00pm: Understanding chords and harmonising melodies

  • Analysing harmonic language
  • Identifying chromatic chords
  • Strategies to improve chord recognition aurally and visually
  • Harmonising melodies in a variety of styles

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.00pm: Introducing Bach chorale harmonisation

  • Managing the transition from basic harmonisation to Bach
  • Exploring Bach cadence formulae: Perfect Cadences
  • Exploring Bach cadence formulae: Imperfect Cadences

3.00 – 3.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.15 – 4.00pm: Advanced harmonic language

  • Moving from cadences to harmonising whole chorale phrases
  • Identifying and managing basic modulations
  • Using melodic decorations effectively

Miranda Francis

Over the past twenty years Miranda has led music departments in both state and independent schools.  Over the past twenty years she has taught students of a wide range of abilities, from beginners at the keyboard to classical performers at the highest level. She was Head of Academic Music at the Purcell School from 2002 to 2013 and she is currently a BMus Course Tutor at the Royal College of Music, where she leads the aural training programme.

In September 2013 she became the Director of the Junior Department at the Royal College of Music.

View all courses led by Miranda Francis >