Music theory: diploma topics 2

Course Dates: 14/01/19 - 01/04/19
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Malcolm Miller

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. Tutor: Dr Malcolm MiIller

Mid-term break: 18th Feb.


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 [on completion of an external exam: not included in this course]. In this particular module we 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.
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.

What will we cover?

- Set work 1 – Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248, parts 1, 2 and 3; Barenreiter Urtext TP85 edition
- Set work 2 – Mozart: Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments in Bb major, K361; Eulenberg 100 edition
- Set work 3 – Schumann: Symphony no. 3 in Eb, op. 97, Rhenish edition
- Set work 4 – Orff: Carmina Burana; Eulenberg 8000 edition
- Set work 5 – Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe, parts 1 and 2 (the full ballet, not the suites), Dover edition pages 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 as its starting point. You should 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 class each session your own copy of scores for the set works listed above:

You may also be require to buy/borrow books from the AMusTCL reading list to use during this course: (

You are also required to source your own copies of the scores (full scores, not vocal scores) of the set works in the editions listed above.

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

Music: theory: diploma topics continues next term with consolidation work of the AMusTCL syllabus.

Related courses include Music theory: counterpoint, Composition, Music theory: grade 8, Sibelius: music notation software.
You may also be interested in one of our wide range of Practical musicianship, Music appreciation, or practical instrumental, singing and ensemble courses.

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See the course guide for term dates and further details


This course has now started

Course Code: MG430B

Started Mon, day, 14 Jan - 01 Apr '19

Duration: 11 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £151.00
Concession: £115.00

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