Music theory: grade 7

Course Dates: 14/09/20 - 08/02/21
Time: 15:45 - 17:45
Location: Online

Learn more complex elements of music: figured bass, melodic and harmonic decoration, writing for instrument or voice with given accompaniment, and score analysis of harmonic and phrase structure, style, performance and directions. NB: this course has scheduled breaks 28 Sept & 26 Oct and a break from 7 Dec, returning on 11 Jan.

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?

Develop your understanding of musical language, style and notation to a high level using the ABRSM/Trinity Grade 7 syllabus. This course focusses on chromatic harmony, stylistic features of Baroque and Classical music, and music analysis.
This course may be used as preparation for an external ABRSM music theory exam. ABRSM theory exam dates/fees are published online here [external website]. All grade exams are available three times per year, and it is usual to sit your exam the term after your course finishes.

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?

- chromatic harmony: secondary 7ths, Neapolitan 6ths, diminished 7ths
- figured bass
- melodic decoration, including suspensions
- inessential notes in inner parts
- melody writing for instruments
- composing a keyboard accompaniment in Baroque or Classical style
- analysis of music for piano or ensemble (e.g. ornaments, phrase structure, style, performance directions, use of voices and instruments).

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

- read and write chromatic harmony in tonal music
- read and write figured bass
- use inessential notes to decorate a melody
- identify inessential notes in inner parts
- compose instrumental melodies
- compose a keyboard accompaniment in Baroque or Classical style
- analyse music for piano or ensemble
- answer questions on a Grade 7 theory music exam paper.

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

You need to have completed Music theory: grade 6 or equivalent, and have good knowledge of rhythm and metre, diatonic harmony, simple modulation, common stylistic features of Western music, and have score-reading and analytical skills.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussion and practical exercises, take notes in English and write staff notation.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is an online course you will need your own copy of the course text-book (see below) and 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 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, uploading PDF/photo of your completed homework).

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

Please buy and bring to class: ABRSM Music Theory Workbook Grade 7
Other recommended additional texts are:
- Music Theory in Practice Grade 7 (Peter Aston & Julian Webb)
- Practice in Music Theory Grade 7 (Josephine Koh)
- ABRSM Guide to Music Theory Part II (Eric Taylor: covers Grades 6–8)
You will also need manuscript paper, pencil and eraser, notebook and pen, or you can work in Sibelius software if you prefer.

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

We recommend MD438 Music theory: grade 8
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.


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Well structured and student centered. The lecturer puts in a lot of effort between classes to ensure the lessons are good value. Review by jsbach1230 / (Posted on 11/02/2015)
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.

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Course Code: MG437

Started Mon, day, 14 Sep - 08 Feb '21

Duration: 15 sessions (over 22 weeks)

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £239.00
Concession: £182.00

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