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Bridging Courses

Music Theory

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 course aims to fast-track essential music theory topics in a functional and musical way. It 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 11:00am-4:00pm each day, Monday 11 to Friday 15 February 2019.  A course booklet will be provided upon commencement in the program and students will have the 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.

Students wishing to apply for the Music Theory Bridging Course should complete this application form and return to ecmoffice@adelaide.edu.au, or via mail to Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide SA 5005 by 6 February 2019.

Music History

The bridging course in music history aims to make things as clear as possible. We bring together all the confusing breadth and variety of composers, dates, genres, periods and works, and make sense of it all by painting a vivid but simple picture of what happened when, and why, in music’s history.

The course begins by tracing music’s evolution as a prized art in Ancient Greek, Roman, Arabic and Eastern cultures from which the development of classical music has flowed. From there, we explain why the history of music is divided into periods from ‘Renaissance’ to ‘Romantic’ (and up to the 21st century), and show how these periods can help us grasp the enormous range of musical activity and production, providing the context needed to understand composers and their music.

Music is more than the output of a sequence of composers, though, and along the way, we show how music has adapted and responded to social and cultural developments of the times.

With helpful playlists and a graduated series of carefully chosen short readings, the course removes obstacles of confusion and gives you the essential knowledge that musicians rely upon. Out of the five short sessions, you’ll gain the basic knowledge of musical history you need to navigate your way clearly, and get more from your journey as a student.

The course runs 9:00am-11:00am each day, Monday 11 to Friday 15 February 2019.

Students wishing to apply for the Music History Bridging Course should complete this application form and return to ecmoffice@adelaide.edu.au, or via mail to Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide SA 5005 by 6 February 2019.

Elder Conservatorium of Music

Faculty of Arts

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

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T: +61 8 8313 5995
F: +61 8 8313 4423

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