Music theory: interpreting a score

Course Dates: 07/05/19 - 09/07/19
Time: 15:45 - 17:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Mayda Narvey

Learn the principles of diatonic harmony, including chord progression, and how to make sense of piano and other

instrumental scores. For musicians at Grade 5 theory (or equivalent) standard or higher.


What is the course about?

This course offers an introduction to score reading and musical analysis at a Grade 5+ standard. It will expand and enhance your musicianship, and your understanding, appreciation and performance of musical language, style and structure. This courses is also useful to those who play or sing in ensembles.

What will we cover?

- Harmony: dissonance and consonance, modulation etc.
- Rhythm: metre, tempo, rhythmic devices
- Phrasing and form
- Colour, texture and balance.

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

- confidently navigate a range of musical scores, understanding repeat signs, clefs and general score layout
- demonstrate developed aural (hearing) skills
- understand broad stylistic features of the classical period, and some baroque examples.

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

Suitable for anyone with knowledge of music theory at Grade 5 standard or higher. You will need to be able to read treble and bass clef fluently (including ledger lines), know the structure of major and minor scales and chords, and understand the basic diatonic chords in keys up to six flats/sharps.

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

You will be taught through tutor explanation, listening to live and recorded excerpts, class discussion and practical work in class. There is no homework but you may wish to revisit some topics in your own time to help remember the points raised in class.

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

Please bring a pencil and eraser for annotating the scores provided by the tutor, and some manuscript paper.

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

We recommend: Music Theory Grade 6 or Musicianship 4: aural training and dictation part 1 depending on your previous experience. This course is an excellent introduction to score reading for anyone studying music theory at higher levels (Grade 5 and above. You may wish to progress to higher-level Music Theory classes, Studies in counterpoint, Composition Techniques etc. 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 City Lit's Music Appreciation courses, or one of our wide variety of practical courses in singing or playing an instrument.

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Book your place

Course Code: MG446B

Tue, day, 07 May - 09 Jul '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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