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Music Appreciation: The Key to the Matter : John Dawson

"Everyone who likes music know that the concept of key is important – but does a technical knowledge of tonality help us understand music better? What aspects of tonality will it help us as listeners to understand? What can we safely leave to the experts while we get on and listed? Drawing on the music and words of authorities as varied as Julie Andrews and Arnold Schoenberg, we will examine the key concepts of key and in the process hope to understand a little more about some of our best-loved music."

Tutor: John Dawson

"John Dawson has been a senior lecturer at Middlesex University; worked extensively in the professional theatre, playing for master classes and rehearsals for artistes such as Sir Anthony Dowell, and directed musical theatre from Mediaeval Mystery Plays in Canterbury Cathedral to pantomime at Buxton Opera House. He wrote the incidental music for Bedford Theatre Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth. One of his three published stage works, The Inside Story, has received performances in Europe, New Zealand and the USA. "