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. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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) [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...
- 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. You should also be a confident performer on an instrument to about grade 6 standard.
The course assumes some knowledge of 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. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.
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.
If in doubt please contact the music office or come to an advice session.
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 of the set works:.
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 our wide range of Music history courses. 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.