Evening & Saturday CoursesHuman Culture

Musical History and Analysis

Designed to extend and further develop skills in musical analysis, exploring the various concepts and philosophies concerned with an aesthetic response to music.

We are excited to present this brand new course with the option to gain an accredited diploma in ‘Musical Theory’

The course is ideal for music aficionados wishing to further their studies in the fascinating field of music appreciation, designed for both those who prefer to learn purely for pleasure, and those wishing to study with the option of achieving an accredited qualification.

The course is intentionally designed to complement the Trinity College of Music Associateship Diploma in ‘Musical Theory’ (AmusTCL)* and students will have the opportunity to sit this exam at the end of the course, should you wish to do so.

During the 15-week course you will study a range of set works drawn widely from across historical periods and musical genres. You will trace the transition from Classicism to Romanticism through works from the eighteenth-century symphonic repertoire — with particular emphasis on Schubert’s Fifth Symphony – study the work of Stravinsky – in particular his Symphony of Psalms – and explore the world of musical theatre, with Bernstein’s – West Side Story as a principal work.

Through the detailed musical analysis of elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, texture and timbre you will examine how music functions both technically and theoretically whilst exploring the social, cultural and political influences surrounding the development and reception of each work. In addition to this, the course will offer you the opportunity to study elements of composition, orchestration and harmony


Whilst the course is particularly suitable for those with existing musical skills and experience, the historical and philosophical elements of the course will be accessible to anyone with a strong interest in Western art music.

The course will require some home study and essay writing between taught sessions.

*Students who wish to sit the Diploma exam are expected to pay the exam registration fee (tbc), exam date – May 2017 (tbc).


A pen and notebook, or iPad or similar tablet device if preferred.

All other materials will be provided.


Spring Term

– Monday 23rd January – 27th March 2017

Extra dates TBC


Maximum 20 students