Student Portal to music subjects taught by
A few useful links:
(For a discussion
on anything musical and beyond)
Having trouble with your bibliographical style? MLA, APA and Chicago style
formatting can be found at:
For tertiary students: Remember Naxos and the
online listening libraries via your university library which will allow you access to
many good recordings of the works you are studying.
Glossaries of Musical Terms via Chicago Public Library
More Theory cribs!:
Ewer's Easy Music Theory (free lessons with quite a bit of hype!)
T. Kelley's Figured Bass Symbology and
Robert T. Kelley's Qualities of Diatonic Triads and Seventh Chords
(What most of you want!)
Correctly writing adjacent notes in chords
Reference Materials for the Undergraduate Theory Student
Music Theory Resources
Thinking about where to study now or where to study next?...
Look no further:
Music institutions world wide
Are you at a tertiary music institution and feeling that you are being
short-changed? Read the insert...
For students who recognize this situation Anthony Maydwell as a lecturer in
music with a national profile offers expert teaching in the following areas:
- Aural Training: Anthony Maydwell established the
nationally significant programme at the WA Academy of Performing Arts in the
late 80's. He continues to provide tuition in this area.
- Harmony: Maydwell is consulted regularly on matters of harmony and
- Harp: Anthony Maydwell has a national reputation as a performer and
teacher of the harp extending over 35 years.
- Maydwell can provide assistance with students and institutions using
Sibelius and Score software for coaching or publishing for which he is an
internationally recognised expert.
- Conducting: Over the years Maydwell has coached many
young Australian conductors and continues to have an active conducting
- Chamber Music Coaching: Anthony Maydwell provides expert coaching for
chamber music in his studio in North Perth (Fazioli and Yamaha grand pianos,
Zukermann Harpsichord, Salvi and Thurau harps)
- Historical studies with special reference to
choral repertoire from the Late Renaissance through
the early Classical period and studies in music of
the Spanish Colonial period particularly that
As tertiary institutions in Australia are hit hard by fiscal restraint so
students are receiving less and less formal classes at Australia's
universities and conservatoria and - without doubt - can no longer expect to be
properly equipped for the profession of a Classical Musician.
At the end of the day aspiring performers will be expected to prove
their credentials through the audition process.
To this end they need expert tuition in their chosen instrument or voice
type and a significant immersion in aural training, music history,
harmony & analysis, chamber music/lieder, languages and orchestra/opera.
Often these essentials are being replaced by such units as arts
administration and health & safety. These cannot be seen as core to the
task of preparing a musician to perform even if it can be rationalized
that such added skills may prove useful but it is very easy to deliver
such courses in large mass lectures at little expense and fill up a
student's hours thus claiming to educate.
Institutions are choosing to 'dumb down' content and delivery in the
guise of 'technological innovation' and 'client-based' education at the
expense of essential curriculum - Beware!
Examples of the problem...
- A total of 22 1-hour lessons for instrumental or
vocal tuition for an entire year's course offering at the Bachelor
of Music level - Used to be 36 weeks of 2-hour lessons.
- At the pre-tertiary level pay for a diploma in
performance and pay for instrumental/voice lessons additionally!
- Solfège/Aural classes: Once a week for an hour in
a massed lecture or sit in front of Auralia without supervision -
Used to be five 1-hour sessions for less than 10 students per
class per week.
Aspiring orchestral musicians in some parts of the world will save a great
deal of money and probably end up better prepared by considering a
privately-based music education targeting good instrument teachers and privately
provided traditional music academics: Music History, Harmony, Analysis, Ear
Training, etc with a good music materials specialist. Most larger centres have
good youth orchestra programmes which are often of a higher standard than
tertiary orchestral programmes.