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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.
The Piano: A One Night Only lecture

The Piano (1 evening)

6:00 - 8:30 pm Friday 25 August 2017
WEA Sydney, 70-72 Bathurst St Sydney

Some of the most famous classical music of all time has been written for the piano. Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca, Debussy’s Claire de Lune, Chopin’s Nocturnes, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies, Satie’s Gymnopedies, and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata are just a few. Spend an evening with us exploring the development of the piano, and listening to some beautiful and thrilling music from the piano repertoire.
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Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture

Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (1 hour)

Adult Learners Week
1:00 - 2:00 pm Monday 4 September 2017
WEA Sydney, 70-72 Bathurst St Sydney

Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky has given us some of the most-loved pieces of western classical music. In this lecture we will explore the background and themes of Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 overture, with analysis that will enrich your understanding and bring the music to life.
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Understanding the Orchestra

Understanding the Orchestra (1 day)

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

The sound of a great symphony orchestra in full flight is one of the most thrilling sounds in all of western classical music. This course explores the instruments of the orchestra and the variety of sounds they can achieve, and examines the growth and development of the symphony orchestra. It also explores the kind of music written for the orchestra, by examining some of the greatest composers and compositions of all time. No prior musical knowledge is necessary.
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The Requiem in Music (1 morning)

10:00 am - 12:30 pm Monday 18 September 2017
Northside Opera Study Group, 454 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

The Requiem Mass has been set to music by hundreds of composers for over a thousand years. From Mozart to Verdi, from Gregorian chant to Stravinsky, the variety of style and mood has been immense. Join us for an evening of beautiful music, as we explore the riches of this musical genre.
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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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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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