Course Description

This course includes two hours of instruction and a study guide with classwork and examples. Modulations are not difficult if you know a few basic formulas. You will learn four simple formulas and one advanced strategy for modulations.

A study guide with illustrations is included.

What you will learn in this course:

  • The universal formula for modulations that works between any two keys.
  • A simple modulation to go up a half step.
  • A modulation for moving down a fifth.
  • A modulation that requires no theory knowledge at all.
  • A strategy for more sophisticated modulations based on the concept of pivot chords.
  • How to make modulations work within the context of the song.
  • How modulations can help “shape” a song.

Suggested Prerequisites

We suggest that you know the following to be able to understand this course:

  1. How to read music (general basics such as naming notes, counting, key signatures, etc.).
  2. Basic theory. You need to know how to play a major scale. Ideally, you can build simple chords such as major and minor triads. If you need help in this area, consider purchasing Theory for Church Pianists.
  3. How to identify chords and chart a song. You should be able to work through a typical song in the hymnal and write in the chords you see. If you need help in this area, consider purchasing the course How to Chart a Song.