This new hands-on, practical course has been designed to focus on those aspects of Bach chorale writing that students find the most challenging: Expanding on the most popular elements of Bach to the Future Courses IV and V, you will explore the requirements of the new A level specifications in detail, with a particular focus on part-writing, modulation, chromatic chords and answering those recurring questions that all of our students seem to ask.


  • Improve the overall quality of your harmonic knowledge
  • Significantly increase your understanding of Bach chorale writing
  • Gain ways to inspire students to achieve an A*
  • Take away a toolkit of effective solutions to common harmonic problems


COURSE DATE London Friday 19 October 2018
  • Heads of Music
  • Teachers of A level Music
  • Tutors and teachers preparing students in Bach harmonisations
  • Teachers keen to revise their harmonic knowledge
  • 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 - 11.00am: Writing Complete Bach Chorales: Effective Part Writing

  • Techniques for completing the inner parts of Bach chorales
  • Identifying harmonic patterns in the middle of chorale phrases
  • Using passing notes and auxiliaries with ease
  • Incorporating suspensions

11.00 - 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 - 12.45pm: Writing Complete Bach Chorales: Managing Modulations

  • Studying modulations in Bach chorales
  • Identifying modulations from the chorale melody alone
  • Managing modulations in a complete chorale
  • Managing modulations within chorale phrases

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 3.00pm: Advanced Harmonic Language: Chromatic Chords

  • Identifying commonly used chromatic chords in chorales
  • Using diminished 7ths with ease
  • Incorporating secondary sevenths without tears
  • Inspiring students to aim for, and achieve an A*

3.00 – 3.05pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.05 – 4.00pm: Simple solutions to common harmonic problems

  • Completing cadences using simple cadential formulae
  • Completing cadences with unusual soprano patterns
  • Coping with chorales in a minor key
  • Completing chorales in triple time

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.

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