Romantic and Modern Styles

General Knowledge Workshops for Teenagers

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The Romantic period gave us the music of Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, and they were followed by such greats as Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky and Bartok. In this workshop, students will examine the music of these periods to gain a deeper understanding of the music composed. They will look at art and architecture, listen to music examples, discuss social and cultural changes, and explore what makes the music of the Romantic and Modern periods sound like it does. A look at Impressionism will be included.

For high school students, aged 12 to 18

This workshop will help with:

  • Practical exams, Grade 5 and upward
  • Theory of Music, Licentiate (history of music)
  • Musicianship Grade 5 and upward

Course Outline

Session 1: The Romantic Period

  • Discussion: music as self-expression
  • Major historical events of the Romantic period
  • Social aspects of the Romantic Period
  • The art of the Romantic period (and how it parallels the music)
  • Composers of the Romantic period
  • The Romantic style: Musical characteristics
  • Listening tips
  • Summing up

Session 2: Impressionism and the Twentieth Century

  • The Post-Romantic Period and Impressionism
  • Late or Post-Romanticism: Musical characteristics
  • The Impressionist style
  • The Twentieth Century
  • Major historical events of the Twentieth Century
  • Social aspects of the Twentieth Century
  • The art of the Twentieth Century and its relationship to music
  • Composers of the Twentieth Century
  • The Twentieth Century: musical trends
  • Listening tips
  • Summing up

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“The session was great at teaching music and art history, and how to approach new music. The session taught this in a way that was fun”

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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