Music Theory: A Taster

10:00 am - 1:00 pm Thursday 21 October 2021, online via Zoom

Music notes on a plate

Have you ever wondered if you could understand more about how music works? This workshop allows you to dip your toe into the water of music theory, and discover the craft behind the magic of music. We will explore the basics of music’s inner workings, and discuss where to go next if you would like to learn more. No prior musical knowledge is required.

How to enrol

Course Content

  • The Western Tonal System
  • The elements of music
  • Dynamics: loud and soft, light and shade
  • Tone colour (or timbre)
  • Form and structure in music
  • Texture: use of layers
  • Rhythm: an introduction
  • Tempos and time signatures
  • Understanding pitch
  • Naming notes
  • Melody
  • Scale and key
  • Major and minor keys
  • The Cycle of Fifths
  • Key changes (modulations)
  • Harmony: Chords and progressions
  • Listening more with the elements of music

How to Enrol

Next class: Thursday 21 October 2021
3 hours, 10:00 - 1:00 pm
Online via Zoom, through Susan Deas Music
$65.50 inc GST
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Enrolments close 18 October 2021


“Excellent. This was a very well-prepared and well-presented course. Very good use was made of technology and Susan’s excellent musical training”

“Susan’s teaching methods are very good in her use of musical examples of the theory both recorded and on the piano. She has the skill and innate ability to understand when a student grasps a concept. To complete the learning experience Susan makes her courses enjoyable”

“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!”

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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