Resources Calendar About Mailing List Contact
Susan Deas, Susan Deas Music
Home Music Appreciation Piano Lessons Piano and Organ Music Theory School Holiday Workshops For Music Teachers Publications
  Join the mailing list to hear about future classes

Music Theory: A Taster

3 hours, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Susan Deas Music, Jarrett St Leichhardt

Music Theory: A Taster   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.

"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!"


Course Outline

Session 1

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

Afternoon tea

Tea, coffee and light refreshments provided

Session 2

Understanding pitch
Naming notes
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

More about Susan Deas

Susan has been teaching adult music appreciation courses for over 10 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