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Allegro for Adults

Posted: 17 September, 2015

Allegro 1 and Allegro 2 are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. They each last 1 year and are class-based.

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On successful completion of each course, students will obtain a certificate.  Both courses are pegged at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications, and each carries 5 ECTS credits.

Allegro for Adults 1

Allegro 1 requires no previous musical experience. It covers foundation to intermediate level musicianship. The course has three components:

  • Aural training:  learning about rhythm and melody through singing.
  • Written skills:  learning about keys, scales, intervals and chords and how to use them in a musical context.  The basiscs of composition will also be covered.
  • Listening:  learning how to listen to music and develop an understanding of musical styles.

Allegro for Adults 2

Allegro 2 requires a minimum of 3 years' musical experience.  It has the three components of an all-round music education programme:

  • Aural training:  sight-singing including two-part singing, canons and singing in harmony.
  • Composition:  learning how to compose melodies with modulation, how to harmonize a melody or write a melody over figured bass.  Introduction to counterpoint will be covered.
  • Listening:  a range of musical styles from the Baroque to the modern period.  Learning how to read/follow a musical score and understanding form in music. 

The courses are assessed on the basis of continuous assessment with an end-of-year exam.  Both courses include optional attendance at concerts (at the National Concert Hall), trips to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and there will be other optional events for students to choose.