PLUCKED STRINGS (Fingers) | Level 1 – Basic

The Medieval Harp I: Basic Technique and Repertoires

6 sessions - Self-paced

Course Description

Harps occupy an important place in the medieval instrumentarium. They were used as solo instruments and to support singing. Medieval depictions of harps, musical treatises, and literary sources provide us with information that can be used to reconstruct the instrument’s repertoires, performance contexts, and even playing techniques.

In this basic level course, students will:


Learn about the different types of harps used during the period


Develop a healthy medieval-harp playing technique


Explore melodic playing and intervallic accompaniment


Perform different medieval French and Spanish music repertoires

Claire PiganiolInstructor:
Claire Piganiol



February 19 to June 10, 2024
6 sessions – Self-paced




1 credit ECTS: 360€


English – French


Level 1 / Beginner


 Musicians with intermediate or advanced technique on the selected instrument and basic knowledge of Medieval music notation.

Access to a medieval or a similar type of harp is necessary. Please check with us.


HarpSession 1 | Simple melodic playing

Session 2 | Bourdons and the
Cantigas de Santa Maria 1

Session 3 | Bourdons and the
Cantigas de Santa Maria 2

Session 4 | Bourdons and French Secular Songs 1

Session 5 | Bourdons and French Secular Songs 2

Session 6 | Simple Diaphony from the Notre-Dame Repertoire

Teaching Methodology

This course will be comprised of:

    • 6 virtual one-on-one lessons (1 hour each)
    • Recorded introductory lecture or one group live Q&A session (30 min)
    • 6 tutorial videos (10-15 minutes each)
    • Downloadable materials and links to additional resources

Schedules and assignments:

    • The class dates and times will be scheduled with the instructor.
    • There will be some suggested deadlines to submit assignments.
    • The student workload to take the lessons, review the materials and practice is approximately 4.25 hours per session.
    • Students taking the course for credit must complete all assignments and class requirements.

Technical Requirements

    • Broadband Internet connection / WIFI

    • External or internal webcam
    • External or internal microphone
    • Speakers or headphones
    • Possibility of printing downloaded materials
    • Possibility of scanning your assignments
    • Possibility of auto-recording (audio and video)

Enroll Now

Places are limited for each section, so sign up early.

The International Course of Medieval Music Besalú offers singers and instrumentalists the possibility of studying the repertoires of monodic and polyphonic music composed between the 11th and 13th centuries.

With the support of: