1M04 Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

Tutor/Facilitator Fiona Williams

Date: on/from Mon 5 Feb 2024 to Mon 8 Apr 2024
Frequency: Weekly
Class time: 10:00-12:00

Delivered ZOOM

Other information

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..

How to Enrol

On-line: after bookings have opened

On-line enrolments are preferred as this significantly reduces the amount of back-office work for our volunteers.

  • Login to the U3APP.org.au website.
  • Go to the Courses & Enrolling page.
  • Scroll down to find the course that you are interested in.
  • Does the course have spaces available?
    • Click on the course name to go to the booking page.
    • Click on “Book for this course or event”.
    • You will receive a confirmation email.  Please check your Junk/Spam folders as these automatically-generated emails often finish up there.
  • OR is the course shown as FULL?
    • Click on WAITLIST.

Paper Enrolment Form: before bookings open for First Semester

  • Obtain a paper Enrolment Form either from the Office or by printing an online copy available here.
  • Complete the paper Enrolment Form and submit it to the Office.

The start date for acceptance of paper Enrolment Forms for first semester is published on the U3APP website and in the e-Bulletin. Enrolment Forms received before this date are treated as though they had been received on the start date (ie there is no advantage to be gained by submitting early). On the start date and thereafter, paper Enrolment Forms are numbered in order of receipt.  Paper Enrolment forms are processed by U3APP volunteers on the same day as on-line bookings.

If your enrolment is successful, you will receive a confirmation email.  Please check your Junk/Spam folders as these automatically-generated emails often finish up there.

If your enrolment is unsuccessful,  you will receive an email telling you that you have been waitlisted.

Via the Office: after bookings have opened

  • Contact the office in person, or by email or phone.