Music theory: diploma topics 3

Course Dates: 29/04/19 - 08/07/19
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Malcolm Miller

Consolidate your knowledge of 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: Exam technique and preparation. Tutor: Dr Malcolm Miller

This course has mid-term breaks on Bank holiday Mondays: 6th and 27th May.


What is the course about?

The course surveys topics from the entire trajectory of the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus, which is 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 revise and consolidate topics from both “ Musical skills” including harmony, counterpoint, orchestration and melodic composition and “prescribed works” analysis and contextual understanding of set works resulting in an essay-style exam question, or series of sub-questions.
If you are new to this course, and did not study Music theory: diploma topics 1 or 2 in previous terms, please contact the music office ( so we can let you know which topics from the syllabus have been studied in depth.

What will we cover?

Exam-style practice questions and further study of the topics selected from this list:
- classical and early romantic string quartets (Musical skills)
- Analysis of works to suggest period and likely date of composition
- Harmonising a theme and variations
- Arranging (reduction and orchestration)
- Elements of music (tonality, harmony, melody, rhythm)
- History of style through case studies.
- 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...

- Feel confident answering two questions from section A and B of the AMusTCL syllabus
- Develop and consolidate your pre-existing knowledge of topics from the AMusTCL syllabus
- Listen to music actively and analytically
- Answer essay-style exam questions suitable for an AMusTCL exam
- Have greater fluency in score-reading in a variety of different styles.

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

This course assumes a firm knowledge of music theory to grade 7/8 standard as its starting point. It also assumes some knowledge with the techniques and set works listed in the AMusTCL syllabus. The aim of this course is to help you develop exam-ready fluency in these topics rather than to learn them from scratch.

Please note: this course will help to prepare you for an AMusTCL exam but does not include the exam fee. Candidates must enter for this exam externally if they wish to obtain a formal qualification.
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 composing and arranging activities
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, manuscript paper and materials from the AMusTCL reading list which you may need for reference: (

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?

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.

To find out more about music history and appreciation classes and to read some of our recommendations, please see the blog post Music history and appreciation: the 2018/19 programme which lists our full programme of classes listed by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
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Finished Mon, day, 29 Apr - 08 Jul '19

Duration: 9 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £169.00
Senior fee: £135.00
Concession: £103.00

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