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Music Theory Bridging Course

For people wishing to revise their musical theory or fast-track their understanding prior to commencing tertiary music studies, the Music Theory Bridging Course offers the perfect solution.

The Music Theory Bridging Course is designed for students commencing tertiary studies in music who have not studied Stage 2 Musicianship or AMEB Grade 5 Theory or Musicianship. The Music Theory Bridging Course aims to fast-track essential music theory topics in a functional and musical way.

The Music Theory Bridging Course offers participants the opportunity to improve their fluency in musical literacy through singing, aural work, score-reading, analysis and composition thereby consolidating the various theoretical topics covered, namely:

  • Major and minor keys, scales, circle of 5ths and key relationships
  • Intervals, triads and chords, 7th chords, chord symbols
  • Chord functions in Major and Minor keys
  • Triad/chord inversions
  • Harmonic progression including cadences, chord voicing and voice leading principles
  • Non-harmonic notes, musical analysis

The course runs 9:30am-2:30pm each day in the week prior to Orientation Week (13-17 February 2017). A course booklet is provided upon commencement in the program and students have use of the practice facilities within the Conservatorium during normal business hours. Additional resources recommended to students include the AMEB publication ‘Music Craft' Grade 3 and the music software Musition and Auralia.

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How Can I Apply?

Students wishing to apply for the Music Theory Bridging Course should complete the application form and submit it with full fee payment in person (at the Elder Conservatorium of Music office, level 9 Schulz Building) or by mail (mail to the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, SA, 5005). Applications will be accepted until 5pm Friday 10 February 2017.

Places in the course are limited and should there be more applicants than places available, places will be offered to students according to the date of receipt of payment.

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This course is available to members of the public at a cost of $330.75 for 2017. Full fee payment must be made at the time of submitting your application form (see form for information regarding payment method). There is no charge for commencing Bachelor of Music students.

Applications and withdrawals may be made until the close of business on the Friday prior to the commencement of the course. Full payment of fees is required for withdrawals after 5pm Friday.

Please note that refunds or make-up tutorials will not be available for any missed sessions.

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