This course is divided into multiple parts, each of which can be taken on its own.
This course will be given at TMI Atwater. Should conditions require that Winter Demi-Term courses move to Zoom, it will be cancelled.
Each week, participants will have a chance to discuss and explore a particular aspect of music, under the guidance of discussion leader François A. Ouimet. During our time together we will discuss the basic constituents of music (how we hear music, what is a musical sound, rhythm, basics of music theory), then we will get acquainted with the family of instruments in the orchestra, with the help of Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Bela Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra.
We will also explore the realms of the voice, and of non-western instruments, and then embark on some philosophical questions about music: What has been, and what is now, the function of music? What links can we make between music and the other arts? Throughout this course, we will listen to music, watch videos, philosophize, invite special guests, and perhaps even sing! Lots of fun guaranteed for all.
Register early. Places are limited.