Course fee: $245
Keys Composers Choose: An Exploration
Have you ever wondered why composers choose the keys they do, or why they continually return to the same keys? What do composers want to express by using their favourite keys? What does it mean when Beethoven writes in E flat major, C minor or C major? Or Mozart in G minor?
This series will immerse you in the sound and meaning of individual keys. You will learn to tune your ears to the sparkle of G major, the tenderness of D flat major, and the sorrow of F minor. Each week will be an exploration and celebration of a particular key or keys, and of the composers who loved to use them.
This lively presentation/performance series will guide you through the keys special to Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens, Puccini and Ravel. Key passages will be demonstrated at the piano and discussed. This series will include active listening with "guided tour" commentary, interactive components related to understanding the musical characteristics of different keys, and opportunities for score study (no experience necessary!). Some sessions will feature live performances by students of the Glenn Gould School.
About the Instructor:
Clayton Scott, ARCT (Piano Performance, RCM), BA (University of Toronto), has taught piano, harmony, and music history since 1969. She is a Member of the College of Examiners, Royal Conservatory of Music. In 1992, Ms. Scott developed the lecture/performance series Music Through the Ages, a music appreciation and history course now consisting of over 75 titles that she has presented in Canada and the United States. Ms. Scott has a particular interest and expertise in working with the adult learner both individually at the piano and in group workshop classes such as Perform with Poise and Pizzazz!, which help musicians of all ages and stages gain comfort, security, and joy in sharing their music. In addition to her teaching, Ms. Scott adjudicates piano festivals; conducts piano master classes; gives professional development and motivational lectures for teachers, parents, and students; and presents opera, ballet, and music history workshops for a range of associations and institutions across North America.www.claytonscottmusic.com
*A 10% discount will be applied automatically at checkout for students who are enrolled concurrently in any of the following Royal Conservatory School music classes: Individual Instruction, Group Classes, Learn to Play/Sing, Small Ensemble, Theory and History.
*If you are an active Conservatory Circle member, please contact 416.408.2825 for a 10% discount on all Music Appreciation courses.
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