A new SPRING 2024 online Zoom course is here! No homework… just two hours a week of dedicated fun study.
BRAND NEW COURSE: Orchestral Score Study: The Rite of Spring. A complete study of the score from start to finish! Since its premiere in 1913 this Stravinsky masterpiece has dominated the compositional and orchestral scene and is a “must study” for all serious composers. Form, harmony, and orchestrational techniques will be looked at in-depth. You will be guided through my own harmonic reductions and structure charts as we explore this intriguing, complex, and inspired 20th century work.
1) Attend the classes in real time on Zoom
2) Watch the recorded classes later at your own pace
3) Any combination of the two!
REGISTER as soon as possible to reserve a space by clicking the button below.
BRAND NEW COURSE!
ORCHESTRAL SCORE STUDIES
THE RITE OF SPRING
Igor Stravinsky’s 20th Century Masterpiece!
10am-12pm PACIFIC (March 10 to May 12)
Attend live/or watch recorded video
Attend the Zoom sessions or watch the recorded classes on video–whatever fits your schedule!
Topics covered: * The basic fundamentals: How to approach an orchestral score * Form and Structure Charts * Harmony and Key Relations * Motivic/Thematic Development * Counterpoint * Orchestration * Rhythmic Usages * Registral Concerns * Historical context * Harmonic Reductions provided *
Fee: $450.00 USD (10 sessions)
Other Courses offered Throughout the Year
These series of courses are designed to introduce students to the importance of orchestral score study and offers clear techniques to help guide you. All courses come with my own analysis of form and structure, harmonic reductions, and notes on orchestrational practices.
Topics covered in each course include: How to approach an orchestral score for study, Form and Structure, Harmony and Key Relations, Motivic/Thematic Development, Counterpoint, Orchestration/Texture/Spacing, Rhythmic Usages.
A TRIP TO FRANCE! – Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Debussy’s “La Mer”
TURN OF THE CENTURY MASTERS – THE MUSIC OF RAVEL AND STRAVINSKY
A ten-week course covering the music of Maurice Ravel’s masterpiece Mother Goose Suite and Igor Stravinsky’s Fireworks.
PROKOFIEV’S PETER AND THE WOLF
A ten-week course covering the music of Serge Prokofiev’s masterpiece Peter and the Wolf and and selections from his ballet Romeo and Juliet.
GUSTAV HOLST’S THE PLANETS
MASTERS OF FILM MUSIC—THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS AND BERNARD HERRMANN
MASTERS THROUGH THE CENTURIES
- Bach Air on the G String
- Beethoven Symphony No. 5 (Movt 3)
- Tchaikovsky “Overture” to the Nutcracker Suite
- Rachmaninoff Vocalise
- Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 (Movt 3)
- Stravinsky The Rite of Spring (Dance of the Earth)
LOVE AND NATURE
CHROMATIC HARMONY OF THE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS
MASTERS OF HARMONY AND MODULATION
CHROMATIC HARMONY of the Romantic Composers
Topics covered include: Chromatic Non-Chord Tones, Modal Borrowing, Dominant 9th Chords, Neapolitan Chords, Augmented Sixth Chords (Italian, German, French), Secondary Augmented Sixth Chords (Tritone Substitution), Modulatory Sequencing, Chromatic Sliding Chords, Chromatic Modulation to Far Reaching Keys.
AURAL SKILLS 101
Topics covered include: Basics and importance of Sol Fegge, Sight Singing, Hearing Intervals, Chord Qualities, Hearing Chord Inversions, Recognizing Meters and Rhythmic Patterns, plus… “Be Your Own Mozart”…a special technique I created to help you practice on your own and excel.