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Music: Identifying & Describing Musical Elements – University Masterclass With Dr Tim Shephard From The University of Sheffield

2nd July 2020 @ 15:30 - 16:30




At A-level there’s a big emphasis on learning to spot ‘important’ musical features: Is this homophony or polyphony? Where does it modulate to the dominant? What is the fugal subject? But who decides which elements are ‘important’?
In fact, the elements valued in traditional Western music theory are handy in studying the music heard by rich Europeans c.1750-1850, but for the music of any other time, place and social group they can be pretty blunt tools.
In this masterclass we’ll consider how and why music education has come to view certain musical elements as important, and what musicologists do when faced with music where those elements aren’t so important after all.


Lecturer Profile (Please click): Dr Tim Shephard

Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 Music students, or those with a potential interest in studying music. We also encourage teachers to join so please do join as a ‘class’.

Preparation or Pre-Reading: Please find a piece of music which you really like, which is brilliant because of musical elements OTHER than the ones you’ve learned to identify at A-level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. You will be able to interact with the university via microphones and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event. We will also accommodate school groups if any are back in the classroom and wish to take part.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. This event is now fully booked.



2nd July 2020
15:30 - 16:30
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