Music Theory Class for Adults: Grade 4

8 weeks, two and a half hours a week

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Grade 4 introduces aural training, as well as new material including double sharps and flats, interrupted cadences, and an introduction to the Baroque period. It continues to develop melody-writing and four-part harmony. Participants must have completed Susan's courses of Grades 1 to 3 before attending this course.

Course Outline

Week 1

  • Rudiments and Revision
  • Aural skills

Week 2

  • Melody Writing
  • Introduction to the Baroque Period

Week 3

  • Cadences
  • Henry Purcell

Week 4

  • Secondary Chords in Major and Minor Keys
  • George Frideric Handel

Week 5

  • Interrupted Cadences
  • Writing cadences in piano style
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

Week 6

  • Still More About Rhythm
  • Swing and straight
  • Multi-movement forms
  • The Baroque Suite

Week 7

  • The Tritone
  • The Dominant 7th chord
  • Secondary dominants
  • Equal Temperament

Week 8

  • Revision
  • Past paper

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“Susan, thank you for the joy you brought me in learning Grade 4 Musicianship. I particularly loved new bits about secondary chords and the colour they add to the harmony; and the dominant 7th chord. It just makes me want to know more every time I do one of your courses. I really regret not having done musicianship courses earlier in life, but then I wouldn't have met such a great teacher as you!” - Lyn, Strathfield

“All your efforts in writing and teaching a good and interesting music course are very much appreciated” - Evan, Ryde

“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” - Judith, Potts Point

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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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