Music Theory Class for Adults: Grade 3

8 weeks, two hours a week

Renaissance musicians

Grade 3 introduces composition of melodies, cadences, four-part harmony, and modes. Participants must have completed Susan's courses of Grades 1 and 2 before attending this course.

Course Outline

Week 1

  • More About Scales and Keys and the Cycle of Fifths
  • Simple and compound time signatures

Week 2

  • An Introduction to Choral Writing
  • Composition: Text setting

Week 3

  • Cadences and Chord progressions
  • Composition: Melody Writing

Week 4

  • More About Cadences
  • Form or Structure in music

Week 5

  • More About Intervals
  • Chords with alternate bass notes
  • More About Rhythm

Week 6

  • Modulations
  • Secondary dominants
  • Notating Expression and Form

Week 7

  • Modes
  • Other types of scales
  • The pentatonic scale
  • The Whole Tone scale
  • A Brief History of Western Music

Week 8

  • Revision
  • Past paper
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“I found this course most interesting. It was very well structured, with excellent notes and interesting musical examples. It was good to refresh my memory and there were quite a few "lightbulb" moments. Excellent teaching methods!”

“Excellent resources, preration and presentation. The pace was demanding by I don’t think there is any alternative without lengthening the course which I would not wish to have done. Has helped with my music practice” - Paul, Paddington

“The structure of the course was so carefully thought out so we could see the relationship between the parts and the whole. The amount of the material, the detail, the examples were all so carefully assembled. I feel we all ended up getting a musical education and not simply ways to pass an exam”

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About Susan Deas

Susan Deas is a professional musician, lecturer and teacher. She has been teaching piano for over twenty years, and her students learn both classical and contemporary styles, including playing by ear and improvisation. Susan also gives professional development workshops and lessons to private music teachers. She performs professionally as a pianist and organist, and lectures in music theory and music appreciation for Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education. Susan’s 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 is an Accredited Member of the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW.

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