Form and Structure

General Knowledge Workshops for Teenagers

Concert hall

Exploring the underlying structure of music gives an insight into the craftmanship and complexity of classical music. In this workshop students will examine the main structures used in music, and gain a deeper understanding of how form works. Larger forms studied will include the symphony, the concerto and the sonata. Smaller forms explored will include Binary, Ternary, Rondo, Theme and Variations, and Sonata form. Students will be able to more easily analyse and understand their own pieces.

For high school students, aged 12 to 18.

This workshop will help with:

  • Instrumental and vocal exams, Grade 5 and upward
  • Music Craft, Grade 2 and upward
  • Theory of Music, Grade 2 and upward
  • Musicianship Grade 3 and upward

Course Outline

Session 1: Large Musical Forms

  • Discussion: What is structure for?
  • Movements
  • The Sonata
  • The Symphony
  • The Concerto
  • The Suite
  • The Overture
  • Summing up

Session 2: Forms Within Forms

  • Through-composed
  • Theme and Variations
  • Fugue
  • Binary
  • Ternary
  • Song form/32 bar form/A-A-B-A form
  • Minuet and Trio form, and Scherzo
  • Rondo
  • First Movement or Sonata Form
  • Sonata Rondo form
  • Analysing forms
  • Form in performance
  • Summing up

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“I think that this session was very informative and gave me a deeper understanding and knowledge of the ‘rules and guidelines’ or the simple stuff that composers base their works on”

“I liked that everything was really clear and set out well so I understood (good form and structure!)”

“I liked how we analysed examples of the different structures and forms”

“It gave me a clearer knowledge of the different forms and structures which I can relate to different pieces of music”

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 Board of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW.

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