Music theory: diploma topics 2

Course Dates: 11/01/21 - 22/03/21
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. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Prescribed works. Mid-term break: 15 Feb 2021.

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 second 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 module you will cover “prescribed works,” which focuses on analysis and contextual understanding of set works resulting in an essay-style exam question, or series of sub-questions.

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?

The prescribed works for 2021–2024 are:
1. Monteverdi: L’Orfeo, Acts 1–3; Eulenburg ETP8025 (NB vocal scores are not suitable)
2. Handel: Water Music; Eulenburg ETP1308
3. Beethoven: Piano Trio in Bb major, op. 97, Archduke; Eulenburg ETP79
4. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Act 2; Dover 0486438368
5. Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra; Boosey & Hawkes M060105357 / Henle HN7001.

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

- Listen to music actively and analytically
- Be more familiar with and recognise chromatic harmony, modes, and use of selected compositional methods in context.
- Answer essay-style exam questions suitable for an AMusTCL exam
- Have greater fluency in score-reading in a variety of different styles
- Have a greater fluency and understanding of melodic and harmonic composition in selected C20th styles.

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

This course assumes a firm knowledge of music theory to Grade 7 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 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 or Zoom meetings 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).

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

You are asked to buy and bring to each session your own copy of scores for the set works in the editions listed above.
You may also be required to buy/borrow books from the AMusTCL reading list to use during this course.

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

The next module (MG430C) in April will consolidate work from both parts of the AMusTCL syllabus through focus on exam-style questions and exam technique.
Related courses include Music theory: counterpoint, Composition, Music theory: grade 8, Sibelius: music notation software. 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.
You may also be interested in one of our wide range of Practical musicianship, Music history, or practical instrumental, singing and ensemble courses.

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: MG430B

Mon, day, 11 Jan - 22 Mar '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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