Baroque and Classical Styles

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Baroque architecture

The Baroque period gave us the music of Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi, and the Classical period gave us Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. In this workshop, students will look at art and architecture of the Baroque and Classical periods, listen to music examples, and discuss the social and historical context of each period. We will explore what the composers of each period were trying to achieve, and what makes their music sound the way it does.

For high school students, aged 12 to 18.

Course Outline

Session 1: The Baroque Period

  • Discussion: changing fashions
  • Major historical events of the Baroque period
  • Social aspects of the Baroque Period
  • The art of the Baroque period (and how it parallels the music)
  • Composers of the Baroque period
  • The Baroque style: Musical characteristics
  • Listening tips
  • Summing up

Session 2: The Classical Period

  • Major historical events of the Classical period
  • Social aspects of the Classical period
  • The art of the Classical period (and how it parallels the music)
  • Composers of the Classical period
  • The Classical style: Musical characteristics
  • Listening tips
  • Summing up

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Comments

“The wealth of knowledge was incredible! the idea of associating historic events, architecture and paintings with periods of music was quite helpful”

“What I learned most was the overall ‘feel’ of each era”

“I enjoyed this session particularly because of the examples incorporated, the use of audience involvement, and I found the relation to other events in history very interesting”

About Susan Deas

Susan Deas is a professional musician, lecturer and teacher. She has been teaching piano and music theory for over twenty years, and is accredited in both Piano and Musicianship. Her training includes a Bachelor of Music with a major in Performance (Piano) and Musicology, a Master of Music Studies (Studio Pedagogy), a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), and an A.Mus.A in Musicianship. Susan also lectures in music theory and music appreciation for Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education, WEA Sydney and at other venues. She performs professionally as a pianist and organist, as well as giving professional development workshops and lessons to private music teachers. Susan is on the Council of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW.

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