Monday, August 07, 2006

Update from Stephane on Musicology

[We're looking at Friday Aug 18 or Sunday Aug 20 at the moment - feel free to comment on availability and interest, or email me - Toren]

Alright, here are possible topics I could cover. If anybody feels any of this is redundant or not interesting,

1) Explain the two main musical clefs/staffs
2) Run through all the types of notes and rests for those that don't remember from elementary school music (it's all simple math)
3) Go through the note value of each note on the staff.
4) A brief run-through of the history and evolution of musical theory, both in the West and in the East.
5) A brief run-through of the 'periods of music' in the West (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 1900s) and its main contributors, along with interesting facts about their lives/music.
6) Talk about the differences and correlations between Major/Minor keys
7) Go through the key chart explaining how to figure out how many sharps/flats are in each key, and what the corresponding Major/Minor keys are.
8) Run through some scales in both Major and Minor keys.

Those are all the basics, so depending on every one's level we could just skim that and go into more advanced. Let me know if you have any comments or requests.

We could have this out-doors in the grass somewhere shady. All we'd need is paper/pencils, maybe a board to write on, and I'll be supplying hand-out sheets that everyone can keep.