Music theory: diploma topics 1

Course Dates: 14/09/20 - 30/11/20
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
Location: Online

Explore the music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. You may use this course as part of your preparation for this exam, or just to develop your knowledge. This term: Musical skills. This course has two scheduled break weeks: 28 Sept & 26 Oct.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

The course follows the first part of the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus, which forms part of a Level 4 diploma in music theory through study of Western classical music genres. In this particular module we will cover “ Musical skills” which focuses on topics including harmony, counterpoint, orchestration and melodic composition.
Please note that the exam is not included in this course, but can be taken as an optional extra.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Baroque: Lutheran chorale
- Classical: orchestration
- Early Romantic: pianoforte music, completing a texture
- C20th: Popular song, completing a piano accompaniment
- C20th: Melodic composition without using the major/minor key system.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Feel confident answering two questions from section A of the AMusTCL syllabus
- Appreciate the challenges of orchestration in a variety of styles
- Understand and recognise different types of texture and its structural functions
- Listen to music actively and analytically
- Have greater fluency in score-reading in different styles
- Have a greater understanding of the art of arranging and orchestration.
- Be able to complete harmonic textures in a variety of styles.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course assumes a firm knowledge of music theory to at least Grade 6 standard, You should also be a confident performer on an instrument to at least Grade 6 standard. If in doubt please contact the music office or come to an advice session
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is an online course you will need your own copy of the course text-book (see below) and a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone and reliable internet connection to take this class. We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks. We use GOOGLE MEETS for live classes via webcam.

Your tutor will use a variety of techniques:
- tutor explanation and demonstration via webcam / shared screen
- short revision videos and/or audio files (posted in Google Classroom)
- worksheets (posted in Google Classroom)
- group performing and individual demonstration tasks (e.g. clapping rhythms or uploading your homework as pdf/photo).

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a notebook and pen and manuscript paper.
You are asked to buy and bring to each class your own copy of AMusTCL Study Guide for section A (revised 2017 edition) (buy from Trinity Shop
You will also be required to buy/borrow books from the AMusTCL reading list to use during the course.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The next module in January (MG430B) will approach the prescribed works forming the second part of the AMusTCL syllabus.
Please note, the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) diploma is an external exam. The price of this exam is not included in your enrolment on this course. If you wish to sit the exam you will need to enrol individually via the Trinity exam website.
For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.

The next module (MG430B) in January will approach the set-work from the second part of the AMusTCL syllabus.

Tutor Biographies
Malcolm Miller Tutor Website

Dr Malcolm Miller is a musicologist and pianist who has published widely on classical music with a focus on Beethoven, Wagner and contemporary music. He has taught at City Lit since 2006, with courses on topics such as Wagner songs and reception, Nocturnes, Emigre Composers, and East meets West, and a survey of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas for the Beethoven 250 Anniversary. Malcolm teaches music theory at Grades 7, 8 and Diploma level (ARBSM and Trinity syllabuses). Malcolm enjoys bringing the fruits of his musicological research to the classroom and concert hall, and has appeared on BBC Radio and in pre-concert talks at the SouthBank Centre. He has several scholarly books in preparation, and has published book chapters and journal articles, as well as entries to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He is editor of 'Arietta' (Journal of the Beethoven PIano Society of Europe), and regularly contributes reviews and articles to magazines such as 'Musical Opinion' and 'Music & Vision Daily.' His list of publications and research may be seen online at the Open University where he is Associate Lecturer and Hon. Associate in Music.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: MG430A

Mon, day, 14 Sep - 30 Nov '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £121.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2630

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