Continue to Use Your Ears

An ongoing, open ended course where listening repertoire changes each term and which aims to further train you to aurally isolate and decipher what is happening in music by focusing on the instrumentation/tone colour, pitch/harmony, rhythm, texture, dynamics, tempo & structure of a variety of works; then cross reference this information by looking at the printed music (where possible) to enable you to better appraise the music you hear. A basic understanding of music theory may enhance class members experience in this class.

Please bring to the class: display book, lead pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener and small ruler

The course will continue to build on the various musical concepts listed below through a variety of musical excerpts from a range of musical styles.

  • Class study and aural exercises in:
    • identifying and classifying a variety of instrumentation/performing media and tone colour
    • describing how the melody and harmony have been constructed and their role in selected works
    • identifying and explaining how rhythm and beat have been organised and their role in selected works
    • identifying the dynamics, tempo and other expressive techniques used in selected musical examples and their role with in those works
    • identifying different types of texture and their role within selected works
    • analysing simple formal structures used in selected works
  • Exposure to printed music/scores (where available) will enable students to relate what they hear back to concrete music notation
  • The historical and cultural aspect of listening material will also be addressed.

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

  1. Define each concept.
  2. Have improved their ability to aurally isolate each concept.
  3. Have improved their ability to aurally analyse each concept.
  4. Independently complete set aural class work.
  5. Recognise concepts addressed aurally in a printed format (sheet music and scores).
  6. Have an understanding of the historical and cultural context of the chosen listening/score reading material.