Music Theory Classes for Adults

Understand the big-picture: fill in the gaps in your musical knowledge

music notation

These intensive music 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 a background to the understanding of music for adults who are learning to sing or play a musical instrument, and lay foundations for courses in higher grades. An excellent opportunity to cement new skills or refresh old ones.

Comments from previous students

“I found it very interesting and informative. Susan's easy teaching style along with a comprehensive workbook and supported by many aural examples made it easy to grasp and cement the musical concepts in this course. I particularly liked the use of the many contemporary music examples Susan incorporated”

“A major plus was the obvious enthusiasm and ability you have to explain”

“Susan’s knowledge, obvious love of music and her warm and helpful style were very much appreciated. Thank you for helping to unravel what was previously a complete mystery to me!” - Leslee, North Rocks

“This has been most beneficial - putting everything into context”

“I am so grateful to have done Musicianship 1-4 and got so much pleasure from the courses. You are a first rate teacher for whom I have the greatest admiration and appreciation. Coming back to music has been the best thing that I’ve done in retirement and it is hard to describe the pleasure I’ve experienced”

“What surprised me most was just how enjoyable each class was – we covered the materials, but it was fun and friendly, and it fired up an enthusiasm to go further and learn more. I am sorry it is over! For anyone who wants to embark on a journey of musical understanding, I would recommend the course (and you as a teacher) without any hesitation or qualification.”

- Simon, Dawes Point

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course”

Read more testimonials

More about Susan Deas

Susan has been teaching adult music appreciation courses for over 16 years, through Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education and WEA Sydney. She has 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 the A.Mus.A in Musicianship. She teaches piano and musicianship to adults and children, and performs on the piano and organ in various venues around Sydney.

More about Susan's qualifications

Read what people have said about Susan's other courses

Susan's other music courses