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Discovering Classical Music Through the Beethoven Piano Sonatas


Key Information

Watkins Lecture Hall

E.V. Moore Music Building

1100 Baits Drive

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

2016 Course Schedule:

Sundays, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

September 11,18, 25

October 2, 9,16, 23, 30


Kevin Korsyn


Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas are one of the cornerstones of the classical music repertoire.  In a series of eight ninety-minute lectures, Kevin Korsyn, Professor of Music Theory at the University of Michigan, will explore these works in depth while using them to illustrate general principles about how to listen to music.  Professor Korsyn will perform all musical examples himself at the keyboard, bringing the music to life.

This is a course for people who are passionate about classical music and eager to learn more about it, but who have not necessarily had any advanced technical training or taken any college-level music courses. It is recommended that participants have a basic knowledge of how to read musical notation prior to applying to this class. All other concepts will be explained in class, and all musical terms will be defined as they arise. If you played in your high school band or sang in a community chorus, you have more than enough experience to take this course.

2016 Schedule

Sundays, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

September 11, 18, 25

October 2, 9,16, 23, 30



No audition is required. Basic knowledge of how to read music notation is recommended. Rolling admission upon receipt of online application, non-refundable application fee, and tuition. Tuition is due, in full, prior to start of course regardless of student start date.





  • Non-refundable Application Fee: $30
  • Workshop Fee: $160


For more information on workshop registration or other School of Music, Theatre & Dance Workshops, please contact the office of Youth & Adult Programs at (734) 936-2660 or

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U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower