Monday 27th July 2020 - Saturday 1st August 2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Which notes in a phrase are the most important? What features determine the beginning, middle, and endpoints of a musical theme? What on earth is going on in this passage? These are just some of the questions one might ask themselves when learning a new piece; music analysis can provide us with fascinating answers. Indeed, far from being abstract, considering theoretical questions can make one’s playing more particular, expressive, and mature. In this course, you will be given a basic introduction to form-functional, voice-leading, and post-tonal analysis, illustrated with examples from the music of Beethoven, Schubert, and Schoenberg. Emphasis will be placed on how these techniques can encourage fresh interpretations in performance. You will also have the opportunity to have a short passage you admire analysed and explained. The course consists of three private lessons of two hours’ duration; there is a limit of six places. Lessons will take place between 27 July and 1 August. You will be studying with Dr. Oliver Chandler. He has published academic articles in Music Theory Online, Gamut, and Journal for the Society of Musicology in Ireland, and has tutored analysis at the University of Oxford, King’s College London, Royal Holloway, and Anglia Ruskin University. He also has an extensive background in performance; he was awarded the guitar-departmental prize by Trinity Laban, Conservatoire of Music and Dance back in 2015. This course would be perfect for students who want a taste of what university study is like.
If you would like Oliver to analyse a passage from a piece you are playing and to go through it with you, please make sure to send him the music one week in advance.
Requisite qualifications: Grade 5 theory or equivalent. It is recommended that participants are 16 or over, although applications from younger students will also be considered.
Lesson times will be flexible within the specified date range; when you sign-up, Oliver will e-mail you to arrange hourly slots for your sessions.
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