Introduction to Music Literacy and Appreciation Cert of Attendance - sc25

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Course Title: Introduction to Music Literacy and Appreciation

College: Adult Continuing Education

Introduction to Music Literacy and Appreciation

Duration: 8 weeks – Thursday 7-9pm, 29 January to 19 March 2015

Teaching Mode: Part-Time

Illustrated Lectures/Class Discussions/Interactive seminar/Role play

Qualifications: Cert of Attendance

NFQ Level: N/A

Costs: €200

Entry Requirements: Applicants must be over 18 years of age by course commencement

Course Code: sc25

Closing Date: Friday 16 January 2015


Venue: West Cork Development Partnership Office, Bantry

This short course offers musicianship training for musical beginners wishing to further their understanding and appreciation of music through practical exploration of key musical concepts and skills, and the study of music in its historical and contemporary contexts.

Course Details

This introductory course in musicianship is for beginners and those wishing to develop an interest in music through exploring and practicing basic elements of music-making such as key, rhythm, and the reading and writing of musical notation. The course will also offer presentations on musical structures, and on current performance practices in an Irish and European context. In each lecture, participants will further their understanding of the practice of music in its historical and current contexts through reference to a number of key composers and their works. Resources for developing personal musicianship skills such as local community music groups, formal training opportunities, festival participation and online resources for self-directed learning will be explored during each class, enabling participants to continue their musical education according to their own musical preferences following completion of the course. The course may be of interest to those who have recently joined a choir for the first time, parents of Junior Certificate/Leaving Certificate music students who wish to support their child’s musical learning, and for those who have learned music by ear and wish to develop literacy skills to further their existing musicianship.

Lecture titles

  1. Introduction to musical notation: pitch-naming, key, rhythm and notation conventions.

  2. Reading and writing music fluently: understanding musical score and terminology.

  3. Instruments of the orchestra: expression and colour in the symphony orchestra

  4. Musical Forms and Structures.

  5. Vocal music: solo and choral singing.

  6. Mixed music and theatre forms: opera and ballet.

  7. The descriptive in music: programme music and film music.

  8. Atonality and twentieth-century music.


Short courses are non-assessed

Who Teaches This Course

Rhoda Dullea is an instrumental tutor, part-time lecturer and Research Affiliate in Music based at the School of Music and Theatre, University College Cork, where she was conferred with a PhD in Music in 2005. As a piano accompanist, Rhoda has performed in a diverse range of musical and dramatic genres, from instrumental duos to ballet and theatre. She became involved in opera performance in 2006 when she began work as assistant répétiteur and education officer with the Cork-based opera company Opera 2005. In 2009, Rhoda was awarded a residency as assistant répétiteur with the Opera as Theatre summer programme at the Banff Arts Centre, Alberta, Canada. She holds an MA in Piano Accompaniment from the Cork School of Music, and recently obtained a Master degree in Education (Arts, Culture and Education) from the University of Cambridge, where she pursued research in the area of opera education and authentic learning. She is a member of the British Kodály Academy and maintains an interest in community music teaching and learning through Kodály teaching method and choral training.

Further Contact Information

Regina Sexton, Short Course Co-ordinator
T: 00353 21 4904700

Karen Hennessy
T: 00353 21 4904737

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Unfortunately this course is closed - return to the listing January 2015

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E: Regina Sexton

P: +35321 4904700
W: Website

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