Short Course Music Access

Middlesex University Summer School

Tuition fee:
  • £ 330 / Module (EEA)
  • £ 330 / Module (Non-EEA)
Start date: July  2015
Duration full-time: 20 days
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
Entry level: Highschool

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A foundation-level module in the language, techniques and history of tonal music. Topics include: harmonic understanding; melodic writing and harmonisation of melodies; notation and score reading; music analysis; introduction to music theatre; aural work: intervallic and chord recognition; performance and improvisation; free and pastiche composition. Case studies in classical and popular music will be used to demonstrate these areas, and to show how different musical styles are constructed. The course is intended to serve either as a refresher course in a range of musical areas or as a precursor to undergraduate study in music. You will also have the opportunity to work creatively with students of SUM0071 Popular Music (composers and performers) and SUM0046 Music Management (to evaluate the roles of administrators, promoters, agents and managers within the music business).

Aims/Outcomes:

This foundation-level module is designed as a precursor to undergraduate study in music; its interactive lectures, seminars and workshops also form a stand-alone refresher course on the language, techniques and history of tonal music.

Topics include: composing and harmonising melodies; notation and score reading; music analysis; aural work: intervallic and chord recognition; performance and improvisation; free and pastiche composition; studies in classical and popular music through selected composers/artists, used to demonstrate these areas, and to show how different musical styles are constructed. The overarching aim is to consolidate, and improve, students aesthetic knowledge and understanding of music history, theory and analysis.

Students will also have the opportunity to work creatively with students of SUM0071 Popular Music (songwriters and performers) and SUM0046 Music Management (to evaluate the roles of administrators, promoters, agents and managers within the music business).

Contents

A diverse range of music will be drawn upon during this module, however certain composers/artists (i.e. J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Maxwell Davies) will feature repeatedly to familiarise students with how different musical styles are constructed.

Staff-developed learning materials will be used, though certain key texts relevant at this level include, among others, A History of Western Music, eds. Burkholder, Grout, Palisca (7th edn; London: Norton, 2006), various articles from the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and music theory manuals such as those published by the ABRSM, George Pratts The Dynamics of Harmony: Principles and Practice (Oxford UP, 1997), and Dorothy Pillings Harmonisation of Melodies at the Keyboard, Books 1-3 (Forsyth, 1950, and subsequent editions).

Recordings and scores will be studied, as directed.

Lecturers

Chris Dromey

Requirements

None

All courses (except Spanish and French options) are taught in English and require TOEFL 550 (IELTS 6.0) or the equivalent if English is a second language.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

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