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Music Theory Classes for Adults

Music Theory Classes for Adults

Grade 1: Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, 9 and 16 February 2019 (2 Saturdays)
Grades 1-2: Mondays 10:30 am - 12:30 pm from 18 February 2019 (8 weeks)
Susan Deas Music, Leichhardt

These intensive courses will take you through the grades of AMEB Musicianship, with added course material showing you how the theory applies to both classical and contemporary music. Learn the secrets of music, and how to use them. 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. Learn new skills or refresh old ones.
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Music notation

How Music Works: A Beginner's Guide (8 weeks)

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Wednesdays from 13 February 2019
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney, Newtown

Why are some piano keys white and some black? What does ‘A major’ actually mean? What is harmony, and how does it work? How do you read music? The answers to these questions hold the key to a deeper and more rewarding understanding of music. Designed for absolute beginners, and taught in a practical and down-to-earth way, this course explores and demystifies the inner workings of music. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Portrait of Franz Liszt

The Unknown Liszt (1 day)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 23 February 2019
WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst St Sydney

A flamboyant virtuoso, a lady’s man, a champion of innovation, a pop star, a generous patron, and a catholic acolyte: Franz Liszt was all of these and more during his long and varied career. His music ranges from astonishing technical brilliance to deep emotional yearning, and his influence on other composers and performers has been extensive. This study day examines the life and works of Liszt, illustrated with music, paintings, and photographs.
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French horn

Understanding the Orchestra (1 day)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 16 March 2019
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney, Newtown

The sound of a great symphony orchestra in full flight is one of the most thrilling sounds in all of western classical music. This course explores the instruments of the orchestra and the variety of sounds they can achieve, and examines the growth and development of the symphony orchestra. We also explore the kind of music written for the orchestra, by examining some of the greatest composers and compositions of all time. No prior musical knowledge is necessary.
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Baroque architecture

An Evening in the Baroque Period (1 evening)

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Friday 29 March 2019
WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst St Sydney

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. In this lecture we explore 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.
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Sunset at Sea, by Thomas Moran

Stories Without Words: The Magic of Programme Music (1 morning)

10:00 am - 12:30 pm Monday 29 April 2019
Northside Opera Study Group, 454 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

Programme music is music which paints a picture or tells a story, without the aid of sung or spoken words. From Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Gershwin’s An American in Paris, we explore a genre that has given us some marvellous thrill rides and emotional journeys. As Tchaikovsky put it, shouldn’t music “express those things for which there are not words, but which need to be expressed?” No prior musical knowledge is necessary.
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