Music theory: counterpoint 1

Course Dates: 20/09/22 - 29/11/22
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: Online
Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly
engaging musical texture. Over the year you will learn contrapuntal technique from Renaissance to Twentieth Century styles, through score analysis and practical exercises. The course is split into three terms, focusing on Renaissance style in term 1. Break week: 25 Oct 2022.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00

Course Code: MG427A

Tue, eve, 20 Sep - 29 Nov '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Counterpoint is the art of writing two or more independent melodic lines that combine to create effective music. This course explores the principles of contrapuntal technique, providing students with both an insight into this compositional technique and practical skills in composition. The course will include analysis of scores in a variety of styles, and practical exercises which will be reviewed and discussed in class.

Works studied in counterpoint 1:
- Lassus: Oculus Non Vidit
- Morley: I Go Before My Darling
- Morley: Fantasia Il Doloroso
- Palestrina: Missa O Magnum Mysterium (Benedictus).

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?

- A brief survey of counterpoint in repertoire from 14th-20th Centuries
- Similarities and differences in contrapuntal technique between different style periods
- Score analysis of works from the Renaissance period.
- Formal study of technical principles in the Renaissance style
- Contrapuntal devices including imitation and canon
- Applying contrapuntal techniques in composition exercises.

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

- Gain understanding of a linear approach to composition
- Analyse contrapuntal music using technical terms
- Develop awareness of differences between musical styles and periods
- Develop knowledge of modal and tonal landscapes and explore consonance and dissonance
- Write two-part pieces in contrapuntal style.

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

- The course requires a good understanding of music theory (equivalent Grade 6 level or above)
- and some skills with performing on an instrument or voice.

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

This is an online course you will need your 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 ZOOM 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).

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

Manuscript paper, notebook, pen, pencil and eraser. Internet access. You may work in Sibelius software if you prefer. Other materials will be supplied by the tutor.

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

- Music theory: counterpoint 2 follows in the same time slot next term.
- You may also be interested in Music theory (all grades are offered).
- 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.

Selena Kay Tutor Website

Selena began her musical career as a composer, gaining a Dutch Government scholarship to study at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague with Louis Andriessen. As a student she won numerous prizes including BBC Young Composers, resulting in a commission for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. She has wide musical interests ranging from Renaissance counterpoint and the origins of tonality to twentieth-century composition techniques and electronic music. Selena performs in an experimental electronic music duo KOGG with Cerys Hogg. They create music by sampling vocals, sound objects, and home-made instruments, combining composed and improvised material. They have performed live and are producing an album. Selena has a keen interest in music pedagogy, particularly the social and cognitive benefits of music education, and is a specialist Kodály practitioner. She is also advisor in further education for the British Kodály Academy. Selena holds BMus (Hons), MMus and PGCE degrees, has held positions at Goldsmiths and Middlesex University and currently teaches at City Lit and Morley College.

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.