General Knowledge Workshops: Music Fundamentals
1 day, 9:15 am - 4:00 pm
This workshop explores the big picture of music: how the notes fit together into scales and keys, how harmony affects everything we hear and feel in music, and how the structures of music guide what we hear and how we perform.
For high school students, aged 12 to 18.
You may use your Creative Kids Voucher for this workshop. Contact Susan if you would be interested in attending this workshop.
You may use your Creative Kids voucher for a one-to-one theory lesson, if you prefer.
Session 1: Scales, Keys and Modulations
- Discussion: what are scales for?
- How we hear music
- What is a scale?
- The Major Scale
- The Cycle of Fifths
- The Minor Scale: three types
- Changing Key (Modulations)
- How to spot modulations
Session 2: Modes and other scales
- Where do our notes come from?
- The origins of western music
- The Medieval Modes
- Other types of scales
- Equal Temperament
Session 3: Large Musical Forms
- Discussion: What is structure for?
- The Sonata
- The Symphony
- The Concerto
- The Suite
- The Overture
- Summing up
Session 4: Forms Within Forms
- Theme and Variations
- Song form/32 bar form/A-A-B-A form
- Minuet and Trio form, and Scherzo
- First Movement or Sonata Form
- Sonata Rondo form
- Analysing forms
- Form in performance
- Summing up
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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