This course will cover the basics of classical music theory - notation, rhythm, melody, harmony and form - relating theory to practice with examples from over three centuries of repertoire. Also helpful for those preparing for music theory exams.
Theory grows from practice. Each generation of composers 'breaks the rules' and so gives rise to modifications of musical theory. Nonetheless, at heart music theory is simply an attempt to explain our perceptions of music and to provide an efficient vocabulary for its discussion.
Each theoretical concept will be discussed with both its technical and expressive implications in mind and we will look at the way in which theories have changed over the centuries.
Whilst not aimed at a specific exam it will provide useful preparation for those taking Associated Board theory exams.