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A Beginner's Guide to Classical Music

10:30 am - 12:30 pm Wednesdays from 2 August 2017, Jarrett St Leichhardt (please note time change)

Curtains opening Interested in classical music but don’t know how to start? Been listening for a while but need some guidance? This course provides a framework for understanding classical music, examining the major periods of music history, the music of the great composers, and the main classical genres. Each week we will listen to some works and examine their historical, social and musical context. You will be able to explore your own taste in music and learn how to find more of what you like. No musical knowledge is necessary.
Venue: Susan Deas Music, Jarrett St Leichhardt


Comments about this course

“Susan has a deep knowledge of classical music and she presented the course with great love and enthusiasm. The music was a pleasure to listen to. A wonderful experience which I highly recommend.”

“Was simple, clear, well thought out. Loved handout. The level – assuming no prior knowledge was great. Pace – great – enough time to reflect and think about things. Encouragement to be open and accepting – great. Really good”

“I enjoyed every aspect of the course and looked forward to each lecture.”

“The teacher was excellent – unpretentious, interesting and managed to pitch the course at an appropriate level, bearing in mind that most of us got our appreciation of classical music initially from adverts”

“Susan is an exceptional teacher. She made the course extremely interesting and covered a vast amount of info in a short time in an extremely interesting way. 10/10 for Susan!”

”Excellent, informative, enjoyable”

“The course was exactly what I hoped it would be. Susan was an excellent educator for the content and I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in an introduction to classical music.”


Course Outline

Session 1

The Elements of Music

Session 2

The Symphony Orchestra
The Middle Ages

Session 3

Symphonies and Concertos
The Renaissance Period

Session 4

Choral Music
The Baroque Period

Session 5

Chamber Music
The Classical Period

Session 6

The Romantic Period

Session 7

Vocal Music
The Late-Romantic Period

Session 8

The Twentieth Century
Outside the Boundaries

This course can also take place over two days.

New Venue: Susan Deas Music

Jarrett Street Leichhardt

The Jarrett St Cafe is a few doors down - you can grab a coffee on the way! You might like to take the 5-minute walk to Norton Street Leichhardt for lunch afterwards, and drop in on Fish Fine Music, Sydney's specialist classical music CD shop, in The Forum.

Limited tickets available

The venue is small, there will be a limit of only 8 people in the class.


$242 including GST
There will be an additional 30c Trybooking fee when you book.
Bookings close 31 July 2017.
The cost includes course notes, and tea and coffee will be provided.

Public Transport

Buses on Parramatta Rd and Norton St Leichhardt are a 5 minute walk, Taverners Hill light rail is an 11 minute walk, and Petersham station is a 12 minute walk.


There is 2 hour parking in Jarrett St, or unmetered parking nearby in Elswick St and Albert St.




More about Susan Deas

Susan has been teaching adult music appreciation courses for over 10 years, through Sydney University's Centre for Continuing Education and WEA Sydney. She has a Bachelor of Music with a major in performance (piano) and musicology, a Master of Music Studies (Studio Pedagogy), a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), and the A.Mus.A in Musicianship. She teaches piano and musicianship to adults and children, and performs on the piano and organ in various venues around Sydney.

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