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All Susan's courses are designed for a range of musical backgrounds, from the complete beginner to the more experienced listener.
 
Music Theory Classes for Adults

Music Theory Classes for Adults (8 weeks)


Grades 1-2: Tuesdays 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm from 9 October 2017
Grade 4: Mondays 10:30 am - 12:30 pm from 8 October 2017


These intensive courses will take you through the grades of AMEB Musicianship, an internationally-recognised music theory syllabus. Added course material shows you how the theory applies to both classical and contemporary music. Learn the secrets of music, and how to use them. You may take the exams through AMEB after each grade if you wish. The courses provide an excellent background to the understanding of music for adults who are learning to sing or play a musical instrument, and will lay foundations for future courses in higher grades. An excellent opportunity to cement new skills or refresh old ones.
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Classical Genres

Classical Genres (8 weeks)


12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Wednesdays from 11 October 2017
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney, 160 Missenden Rd Newtown


Ever wondered what a symphony actually is? Can’t tell a suite from a sonata? This course is designed for classical music beginners who want to know how to better appreciate the music they listen to. Several common types of classical music will be explored, including symphony, concerto, sonata, suite, opera and oratorio. Each week will begin with a simple explanation, move into a deeper exploration of examples by great composers, and finish with guided listening through a full example. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Music Theory: A Taster

Music Theory: A Taster (1 afternoon)


2:00 - 5:00 pm Saturday 21 October 2017
Susan Deas Music, Leichhardt


Have you ever wondered if you could understand more about how music works? This workshop allows you to tip your toe into the water of music theory, and discover the craft behind the magic of music. We will explore the basics of music's inner workings, and discuss where to go next if you would like to learn more. No prior musical knowledge is required.
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Undestanding Chamber Music

Understanding Chamber Music (1 day)


9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 28 October 2017
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney, 160 Missenden Rd Newtown


Chamber music is one of the most intimate forms of classical music. It combines the wealth and richness of classical music structures with the intimacy of being able to see each performer, and hear what each one is playing. This music appreciation course explores the structures and development of chamber music, and the great composers who contributed to it, including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. We will listen to some of the great pieces of chamber music, and explore what makes them wonderful. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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The History of Opera

The Story of Opera Through History (1 day)


9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 18 November 2017
WEA Sydney, 70-72 Bathurst St Sydney


An exploration of the history of opera is the telling of its own story. Its development from late Renaissance attempts to revive Ancient Greek theatre to the lavish and dramatic productions of today leads to a greater appreciation of how the genre moves and enthralls us. This music appreciation course explores the history of opera, and the great composers who contributed to its journey. We will explore the great moments in opera history, listening to the wonderful music of such composers as Mozart, Wagner, Verdi and Puccini.
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The Angel Musician, by Henri Pinta

Handel's Messiah (1 evening)


6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Friday 8 December 2017
WEA Sydney, 70-72 Bathurst St Sydney


Attending a concert of Handel’s Messiah is one of the great joys of the Christmas season. It is a remarkable work with a remarkable history: when Charles Jennens prepared the text for Handel, he hoped “that the Composition may excel all his former Compositions, as the Subject excels every other Subject.” In this course we will discuss the background to the composition of this work, and explore the music that makes it one of the most loved and magnificent choral works of all time.
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