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Key, Tonality, Modes and Modulations

General Knowledge Workshops

Key, tonality, modes and modulations   Key and tonality are at the very heart of music, and understanding how they work gives musicians a depth of understanding that opens up new worlds. In this workshop, students will gain a deeper understanding of the way key and tonality function in music, and learn how to analyse and detect different keys and modulations. The cycle of fiths, and the modes, so often used in contemporary music, will also be explained and explored.

For high school students, aged 12 to 18

This workshop will help with:

• Practical exams, all grades
• Theory of Music, all grades
• Musicianship, all grades

• Music Craft, all grades

Comments about this course

"I learnt more about the modes, how keys are related to each other, the point of having keys and scales"

"It was easy to understand and follow"

"Made modes easier to understand"

"I liked how music and science is interrelated, and it was interesting about the history and culture behind modes and keys. This session consolidated my knowledge of keys, tones, etc."

General information about the workshops

Course Outline

Session 1: Scales, Keys and Modulations

• Discussion: what are scales for?
• How we hear music
• What is a scale?
• The Major Scale
• The Cycle of Fifths
• The Minor Scale: three types
• Changing Key (Modulations)
• How to spot modulations

Afternoon Tea

Session 2: Modes and other scales

• Where do our notes come from? The origins of western music
• The Medieval Modes
• Other types of scales
• Equal Temperament This workshop will help with:
• Practical exams, Grade 2 and upward
• Music Craft, Grade 1 and upward (keys and key signatures, modes)
• Theory of Music, Grade 2 and upward
• Musicianship Grade 2 and upward

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Romantic and Modern Styles
Form and Structure
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