Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of great composers, artists, and musical works. The Oscar Peterson School of Music in Toronto offers an unsurpassed breadth of Music Appreciation classes taught by experts in a welcoming and intimate environment. These sessions are designed to expand your understanding and enjoyment of music across genres and historical periods, from the rich traditions of the past to exciting new creations of the present.
What do musical symbols mean? Can I learn to follow along in the score while listening to my favourite symphony? If I play by ear, can I still learn to read music?
Wonder no more.
Our Introduction to Music Theory course opens the door to the language of music. You’ll learn about notation, key signatures, time signatures, intervals, chords, the workings of melody, harmony, and rhythm. You will develop the basic skills for reading music.
Whether you’re a complete beginner, or a music aficionado looking to delve further into your favourite works across many styles and genres, you’ll gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of music.
Four Great Composers: Vivaldi, Dvořák, Grieg, & Ravel
Instructor: Rick Phillips
One of our most popular offerings, back by popular demand – again. This 4-part survey features another set of great composers. You'll learn about their lives and loves, the influences on them, some of the social history of the time and how it affected them. You'll discover some of the basic forms and structures of music, and of course, you’ll hear lots of great music, uncovering new insights into what to listen for and why this music has been loved by millions. One-a-week, featured composers will be Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1734), Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904), Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), and Maurice Ravel (1875-1937).
Great Violin Concertos
Instructor: Rick Phillips
Often said to be the instrument closest to the human voice, the musical properties and characteristics of the violin have attracted composers through the centuries. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and many others composed concertos for violin and orchestra that are now popular repertoire in concerts around the globe. With the ability to “sing” melodies, as well as handle fast, agile sequences, the violin’s versatility combines tender lyricism with pyrotechnical brilliance, making it one of the most communicative and expressive of all instruments. As one of today’s top violinists, Joshua Bell, has said, “ When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you’re telling a story.” This series will trace the development of the violin concerto from the Baroque to the present day, using classic recordings featuring legendary violinists from the past and present.
More Music Appreciation courses will be announced soon!
|Four Great Composers: Vivaldi, Dvorak, Grieg, & Ravel
||Oct 5-26, 2022
|Great Violin Concertos
||Nov 1-22, 2022