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A Beginner's Guide to Classical Music

8 weeks, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Wednesdays from 7 February 2018, University of Sydney, Newtown

   
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.

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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.”

 

Eight Week Version



Session 1


Introduction
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


Opera
The Romantic Period


Session 7


Vocal Music
The Late-Romantic Period


Session 8


The Twentieth Century
Outside the Boundaries

Two Day Version



Day 1


Session 1


Introduction
The Elements of Music


Session 2


The Middle Ages
Interlude: The Symphony Orchestra

Session 3


The Renaissance Period
Interlude: Choral Music


Session 4


The Baroque Period
Interlude: Chamber Music


Day 2


Session 1


The Classical Period
Interlude: Symphonies and Concertos


Session 2


The Romantic Period
Interlude: Song


Session 3


The Late-Romantic Period
Interlude: Opera


Session 4


The Twentieth Century
Putting it all together

 

 

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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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