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All Susan's courses are designed for a range of musical backgrounds, from the complete beginner to the more experienced listener.
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A Beginner's Guide to Classical Music (8 weeks)

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Wednesdays from 7 February 2018
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney, 160 Missenden Rd Newtown

Interested in classical music but don’t know how to start? Been listening for a while but need some guidance? This course provides a framework for understanding classical music, examining the major periods of music history, the music of the great composers, and the main classical genres. Each week we will listen to some works and examine their historical, social and musical context. You will be able to explore your own taste in music and learn how to find more of what you like. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Music Theory Classes for Adults

Music Theory Classes for Adults

Grades 1-2: Thursdays 10:30 am - 12:30 pm from 8 February 2018, 8 weeks

Grade 5: Mondays 10:30 am - 1:00 pm from 29 January 2018, 2 terms

These intensive courses will take you through the grades of AMEB Musicianship, an internationally-recognised music theory syllabus. Added course material shows you how the theory applies to both classical and contemporary music. Learn the secrets of music, and how to use them. You may take the exams through AMEB after each grade if you wish. The courses provide an excellent background to the understanding of music for adults who are learning to sing or play a musical instrument, and lay foundations for future courses in higher grades. An excellent opportunity to cement new skills or refresh old ones.
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Portrait of J. S. Bach

The Genius of J. S. Bach (1 day)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 17 February 2018
WEA Sydney, 70-72 Bathurst St Sydney

The composer of some of the most famous works of the classical repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach has influenced perhaps more composers than any other figure in classical music. But he lived a quiet life, surrounded by the family he loved, and little-known in greater musical circles. This study day examines Bach’s life and music, illustrated by portraits, readings from his letters, and examples of his music. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Music notation

How to Read Music (sort of) (1 evening)

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Friday 9 March 2018
WEA Sydney, 70-72 Bathurst St Sydney

Of course, no-one can learn to read music in a single session! But it is possible to explore how music notation works, and to discover how notes, rhythms and musical expression are written on the page. This session provides a beginner’s guide to the basic principles of western music notation and score reading. No prior musical knowledge is necessary.
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Music of the Baroque Period

Music of the Baroque Period (1 day)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 17 March 2018
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney, 160 Missenden Rd Newtown

Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Four Seasons - the Baroque period has given us some of the most dramatic and beautiful compositions of music history. This study day unravels the rich complexity of Baroque music, providing insight into the works of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi and their contemporaries, in their social and historical context. Learn what makes Baroque music sound Baroque, and what the great composers were striving to achieve.
This course is the first of a series of four one-day music history courses. Over four separate days we explore the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Impressionist periods. You may attend the courses in any order.
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The Angel Musician, by Henri Pinta

Handel's Messiah (1 morning)

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Monday 26 April 2018
Northside Opera Study Group, 454 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

Attending a concert of Handel’s Messiah is one of the great joys of the Christmas season. It is a remarkable work with a remarkable history: when Charles Jennens prepared the text for Handel, he hoped “that the Composition may excel all his former Compositions, as the Subject excels every other Subject.” In this lecture we will discuss the background to the composition of this work, and explore the music that makes it one of the most loved and magnificent choral works of all time.
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