Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Music But Were Afraid to Ask

with LCCMF Resident Composer David Serkin Ludwig

In this 4-part series, David Serkin Ludwig, composer and educator, takes us on an interactive tour of music from the inside out.  In his inimitable fashion, Dr. Ludwig teaches us the basics with astounding musical examples as well as snippets from history, giving us an insider look at the guts of music.

You can sign up for the entire series. Or you can pick and choose among the classes. Each class will be a Zoom event at the date/time indicated below. Participants will have many opportunities to ask questions. Have to miss a class or want to watch one again? Each class, following its initial Zoom session, will be archived for one month so you can access it at your convenience!

Fees: $50 for the series or $15 per class.

Register on this page. You will be sent a Zoom invitation 2 days prior to each class date.

Class 1: Name That Tune
Monday January 25 at 7:30pm eastern time

We’ll start off with demystifying the jargon of music and find simple explanations of scales, keys, forms, and everything else you always wanted to know about but were afraid to ask! Using music ranging from Gregorian chant to the Beatles we’ll examine the question “what is a scale?” and learn about how most melodies are based on some kind of scale. About melodies: How are they written? What makes a memorable tune? We will look at the linear aspect of music in motives, chants, songs, and favorite melodies.

Class 2: Striking a Chord
Monday February 1 at 7:30pm eastern time

Following up on melody comes a discussion of harmony, from the first music to have more than one part to the rich chords found in late 19th century Romantic music. How does harmony work? What does it mean to harmonize something? How are chords made? The class will learn about different kinds of chords, as well as keys and the “circle of fifths.”

Class 3: Fascinating Rhythm
Monday February 8 at 7:30pm eastern time

What is rhythm, anyway? Meter? We will explore how time and space are divided up in the narrative canvas of music, looking at meter, pulse, beat, and tempo. Participants will learn how to write basic rhythms to communicate to musicians, as well as how to understand traditional dance patterns.

Class 4: Form
Monday February 15 at 7:30pm eastern time

The series concludes with an examination of musical form – from analysis of small phrase structures, to the form of individual movements, to the largest structures of entire works. We conclude by analyzing a work together using all of the tools learned in course of the class.