Tutor/Facilitator Fiona Williams
Date: on/from Mon 5 Feb 2024 to Mon 8 Apr 2024
Class time: 10:00-12:00
This course consists of 16 videos (50 minutes each) shown over 8 weeks (2 videos per session). The presenter is Professor Robert Greenberg, a well-known American composer and music historian and a very energetic and enthusiastic presenter!
Understanding how music is created is comparable to understanding how a language is constructed. Like a language, music has a syntax, a vocabulary that includes timbre, meter, tonality, melody and harmony. Learning musical syntax is much like learning a language: we start with rudiments and gradually accumulate understanding as we understand that language in ever more sophisticated ways.
This course is about using our ears, about discovering and exploring musical syntax through our ears by learning what the parts of the musical language sound like, rather than what they look like on paper. This is an infinitely more useful skill because we can apply such listening skills to almost any piece of music in almost any style.
The focus will be on the European musical tradition, from the time of ancient Greece through to the beginning of the 20th century.
TUTOR: Fiona comes from a musical family and inherited the genes for an interest in music but not the genes for musical talent! Despite this, Fiona continues to enjoy playing the piano and trying to learn about musical structure. Fiona is new to U3A Port Phillip, but is a long-time member of U3A Williamstown for which she is currently the Secretary..