Beginner Score Reading

Enjoy listening to ‘classical’ music but want to add an ‘active’ dimension to the experience? Take this opportunity to delve into the composer’s score. Learn how to visually track what you are hearing; immerse yourself in the language of musical terminology; examine the composer’s structural plan and experience the pleasure of listening to music while you read the score. (It is not essential that students are able to read music notation.)

Students will examine the scores of selected movements from a variety of musical works.

  • Observe the standard orchestral score format for each orchestral section. Learn the instrumental members of each orchestral section and learn their Italian names and abbreviations, as encountered in the scores.
  • Develop their ability to follow the contour of the melody line, to aurally/visually identify which section(s)/instrument(s) play(s) the melody and to track the melody line through various orchestral sections/instruments, as encountered in each score.
  • Develop their ability to aurally/visually identify which section(s)/instrument(s) play(s) the accompaniment and to examine in simple terms, how the accompaniment is treated.
  • Develop their ability to recognise repeated melodic patterns and rhythmic groupings as well as identify and understand simple formal structures and musical terminology as encountered in the scores.
  • Follow the orchestral score (score read) of the movement while listening to the orchestral recordings and learn historical and cultural facts related to the works and the composer.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Know the position of each orchestral section in a typical score, the standard members of each orchestral section, their Italian names and their orchestral abbreviations.
  2. Have developed their skills: in following the contour of a melody, identifying both visually and aurally which orchestral section(s)/Instruments(s) plays(s) the melody and tracking the melody through the score.
  3. Have developed their skills in identifying both visually and aurally which orchestral section(s)/instruments(s) plays(s) the accompaniment and being aware of how it is treated.
  4. Be acquainted with music terminology and basic formal structures as encountered in the scores.

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