Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Practical Harmony and Improvisation - major 5527/3084/2324/1/74
Study guide

Practical Harmony and Improvisation - major 5

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Master of Arts in Music, programme stage 5
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Music Theory (conducting) within Conducting
  • Master of Arts in Music
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Music Theory (conducting) within Conducting
In other study programme:
  • Aanvullende opleiding Koninklijk Conservatorium as Practical Harmony and Improvisation - major 5
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 6 credits
Co-ordinator: Van Kerkhoven Joost
Other teaching staff: Demeyere Ewald, De Splenter Maarten, Senden Yves
Teaching staff are not (all) known yet.
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2023 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 180,00 hours


Learning outcomes (list)

1.1 The student independently broadens and explores repertoire related to his or her discipline.
The student can realise complex scores on the basis of the partimento principle, including composing accpompaniment
2.4 The student has acquired the correct playing techniques and posture.
The student is able to improvise in the following disciplines: free forms, tonal context in a general sense, style exercises (by genre. For example, a minuet in the style of J.S. Bach or J. Haydn, sonata form in the style of D. Scarlatti or Mozart), modal
The student can play a fugue from contrapuntal partimenti, improvise a partimento-fugue and improvise a chaconne.
The student can play one or more improvisations which is conceived as a synthesis of the knowledge gained from the previous years.

Course content

Read the vademecum.
Students receive an intense training in Practical Harmony. Its content leans towards traditional aspects on the one hand: acquiring skills in chord playing, harmonising melodies, realising a basso continuo, score reduction, sight reading, theme with variations, transposition and improvisation. On the other hand, there remains room for a more integrated approach.
The theoretical and analytical understanding of music is linked to performance practice in this course unit. A selection is made from the range of possible working methods (read Vademecum).

Study material (text): Mandatory

Pieces from the student's own repertoire will be used.

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Artistic praxis30,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours150,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeArtistic skills assessment during the examination series100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodArtistic skills assessment during the examination series100,00

Evaluation (text)

Assessment is based on a six-month skills test (50% of the points) and a skills test at the end of the academic year (50% of the points).