Teaching basic harmony for grade 6 theory
Posted 28 April 2012 - 09:02
Also I think he would benefit from having some initial tuition in basic harmony, and I wondered what tutor is normally used these days. When I were a lad we used the 3 volumes of C H Kitson's 'Elementary Harmony'. I always thought it was excellent but maybe it's considered a tad dry and academic for the 21st century. Any suggestions gratefully welcomed.
Posted 29 April 2012 - 13:49
Saying that, I had done A level music. Saying that, there are lots of options for A level depending on the syllabus (chorales, trios, minimalism, writing the accompaniment for Romantic song). I did a "traditional" A level course which focused on Bach chorales and traditional harmony, which to be honest when paired with composition assignments and a musical analysis paper covers grade 6 theory and touches upon some grade 7/8 requirements (but not much at all).
So for me, I needed to relearn/revise some A level concepts (I did A level in 2005 and grade 8 theory in 2010) and extend them to grade 8 level and learn how do deal with trios. The Harmony in Practise books met these needs perfectly.