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Music Fundamentals Level 1

Unpack the language of music in this series of courses. This course provides students with the skills and knowledge required to understand and apply the basics of the language of music notation and begin the process of sight reading. Classes will be led in a tutorial context with practical and theoretical components. Level 1 will cover: The origins and history of music notation The principles of contemporary music notation Reading and writing of music notation Key signatures,... [More]
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For adults (minimum age 16) Complete beginners welcome!

A workbook covering Music Fundamentals 1-4 will be available for purchase from the tutor at the first class for $50.

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Composing for Film

Held over eight sessions, the course will explore different aspects of Film music, as well as provide opportunities for practical composition in different film contexts. Andrew will share his extensive scoring experience covering an eclectic range of film and music knowledge The course includes in-depth analysis of the film scoring process and techniques, and will span various film music genres and their idiosyncrasies and traditions. These sessions will also give insights into the... [More]
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Ear Training and Sight Reading Level 3

For instrumentalists and singers, this course provides a structured approach to the understanding and recognition of intervals and chords; scales, modes and melodic lines; developing practical skills in dictation and transcription; leading to a confident basis for sight-reading, improvisation and the development of melodic and harmonic line. Classes will be held in a shared group context, using sol-fa as a tool. This method helps students to develop relative pitch, so that they are... [More]
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Music Fundamentals Level 2

Unpack the language of music in this series of courses. This course extends the practical and theoretical skills achieved in Level 1 and also begins an extensive study of harmony, with an historic look at this development, analysing triads and their inversions, and culminating in a thorough study of all 7th type chords. Cadences and minor scales are also covered. Level 2 will cover: The effects of harmony and analysis of harmonic concepts Triads and 7th chords Cadences The theory... [More]
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Entry level : Prior completion of Music Fundamentals Level 1 or students who have recently studied music theory to at least Grade 2 AMEB or equivalent.

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Songwriting

This course will look at various great songwriters and their methods and explore some fundamentals of songwriting by covering the following areas: Song analysis (listening to classic songs and analysing how they work and how the song is structured). Focusing on: chord structures, melodic ideas and touching lyrical content. Setting lyrics to music and music to lyrics. Writing music based on an existing drum beat. Analysing characteristics of genres. Discussing song structures:... [More]
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The Enquiring Listener - extension

This course is open to those who have previously attended at least one term of The Enquiring Listener, or through discussion with the tutor. The course will provide the opportunity to revise the concepts covered in The Enquiring Listener couse, and then to deepen your knowledge by applying these analytical skills in greater detail to various pieces of repertoire. Each term we will look at the use of musical concepts in one of the periods of music working chronologically, as... [More]
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Ear Training and Sight Reading Level 5

If you have completed Ear Training and Sight Reading Level 4, or have a reasonable familiarity with the sol-fa system, this ongoing class will extend your capacity to hear and understand melodies, chords, harmonies and rhythm. Whether you are a singer or an instrumentalist, it will help you to develop your inner ear so that you can write down what you hear and hear what is written in the score. You will develop a greater understanding of pitch and improve your sight reading using... [More]
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Music Fundamentals Level 3

Unpack the language of written music. This course continues the development of the practical and theoretical skills achieved in Levels 1 and 2, analysing contemporary harmony, modal scales and complex rhythmic concepts. An exploration of performance, composition and research techniques is also included, culminating in an overview of twentieth century genres. A brief discussion of the history of jazz, its evolution and influence on Western music is also presented. Level 3 will... [More]
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For adults (minimum age 16)
Entry Level: Prior completion of Music Fundamentals Level 2 or equivalent.

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Jazz Harmony 1

Jazz Harmony focuses on the study of chords and their relationship with each other. This class will review some fundamental harmonic concepts before exploring major and minor scale harmony in depth. The course will also discuss diatonic reharmonization, dominant chord types, modal interchange and the Blues form, through the study of a selected number of Jazz standards presented in class. This course may be particularly useful for students wanting to apply for the tertiary jazz... [More]
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Entry level: Must be able to read music at a basic level, have an understanding of how to construct chords and a basic understanding of the major and minor scales. Suggested minimum: Music Fundamentals 2 or equivalent.

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Ear Training and Sight Reading Level 1

Crack the code of music: learn how to recognise what you hear and write it down and how to vocalise and hear music as you read from the page. For instrumentalists and singers, this course provides a structured approach to the understanding and recognition of intervals and chords; scales, modes and melodic lines; developing practical skills in dictation and transcription; leading to a confident basis for sight-reading, improvisation and the development of melodic and harmonic line.... [More]

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