Introduction to musical analysis: module 1
Time: 10:30 - 12:40
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MD643A
Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
Music analysis helps us better understand a piece of music, broadly explaining how a composer creates it and then how the audience interprets and responds to it. This course will explore a variety of aspects of music, such as melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, and performance directions, to understand both how composers produce work, and why audience members respond to it in particular ways. We will explore a broad variety of music, enabling students to apply analytical skills to many genres and styles, and will provide a set of basic tools in order for participants to explore other music appreciation topics in greater depth.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Technical aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, and orchestration
- The instruments of the orchestra
- Musical form and structure
- Musical terminology
- Looking at scores
- A brief guide to historical periods in music.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Analyse a variety of ways that composers makes use of tools such as melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, and the effect these have on the piece
- Place a piece of music in its historical context in order to understand the stylistic landscape in which it was produced and heard
- Be able to extract information from a score (working from the assumption that participants are NOT able to read music).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners’ course. No prior knowledge of music is assumed but you should have an interest in music and be keen to find out more. 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?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including short lectures, slide shows and discussions, practical demonstrations on the piano and guided listening sessions. Courses use a variety of materials including YouTube clips. Links to these are given on handouts so that further exploration may take place between classes if you wish.
Occasional short preparation tasks, such as listening to a piece or reading a review, may be set from time to time. Listening and reading outside class is encouraged and, once enrolled, further online resources will be available via Google Classroom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
- Please bring a notebook and pen.
- You may wish to buy some of the music or books recommended in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
To find out more about music history classes Music history courses in London and online 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.