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.
What will we cover?
Set work 1 – Bach, Christmas Oratorio BWV248, parts 1, 2 and 3 (Barenreiter Urtext TP85) [vocal scores not suitable]
Set work 2 – Mozart, Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments in Bb major K.361 (any ed., e.g. Eulenberg 100)
Set work 3 – Schumann: Symphony No 3 in Eb Op.97 "Rhenish" (any reputable edition)
Set work 4 – Orff, Carmina Burana (Eulenberg 8000) [vocal scores are not suitable]
Set work 5 – Ravel, Daphnis and Chloe parts 1 and 2 (full ballet, not the suites) (Dover, pp. 1-181).
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 about 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?
Tutor presentation and explanation, including handouts
Guided listening and score-reading
Short compositional and analytical activities in different styles
There will be a significant amount of listening, reading and homework to be done outside class and further online resources will be available to help you study.
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 scores for the set works 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.
To find out more about music history classes and to read our year-long selection of courses, please see the blog post Music history: your guide to the 2019/20 programme which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.