General Knowledge Workshops: Music History

9:15 am - 4:00 pm Thursday 19 December 2019, Leichhardt

Old painting of women playing music

In this workshop we explore the history of western music, focussing on the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods, through to the present day. Learn how music relates to the art, social, and historical events of its time.
For high school students, aged 12 to 18.
Cost: $100
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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

Session 3: The Romantic Period

  • Discussion: music as self-expression
  • Major historical events of the Romantic period
  • Social aspects of the Romantic Period
  • The art of the Romantic period (and how it parallels the music)
  • Composers of the Romantic period
  • The Romantic style: Musical characteristics
  • Listening tips
  • Summing up

Session 4: Impressionism and the Twentieth Century

  • The Post-Romantic Period and Impressionism
  • Late or Post-Romanticism: Musical characteristics
  • The Impressionist style
  • The Twentieth Century
  • Major historical events of the Twentieth Century
  • Social aspects of the Twentieth Century
  • The art of the Twentieth Century and its relationship to music
  • Composers of the Twentieth Century
  • The Twentieth Century: musical trends
  • Listening tips
  • Summing up

Event Details

  • For high school students, aged 12-18
  • Venue: Susan Deas Music, Leichhardt
  • Class size is limited to 8 students
  • Please bring your own lunch
  • Water, biscuits and handouts provided

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Comments

“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”

“The session was great at teaching music and art history, and how to approach new music. The session taught this in a way that was fun”

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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