Sonata forms and Theories

Advanced Level Course

Tutorials: 5

Length of Each Tutorial: 1 Hour

Recommended Age: 14+

Course Summary: This course gives the student a firm understanding of late eighteenth-century sonata forms as they are used in the string quartets and piano sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, and early Beethoven. We will also learn about the various different modern theories of sonata form proposed by scholars such as Rosen, Caplin, Cone, and Hepokoski & Darcy. Each week you will analyse and annotate a musical score, along with a short explanatory essay. By the end of the course you will understand the ways in which sonata forms manifest in different musical works, and learn to see sonata forms as living, breathing musical structures with many different definitions.

What You Receive

5 One-on-one Tutorials

with an Expert Tutor

Interactive and Engaging Exercises and Prompts for Further Study

Lesson Recap Booklet to Save or Print

Report Card with Personal Appraisal from Tutor 


Course Details

Tutor: This course is taught by several Canis Major tutors, depending on availability, each of whom has studied at Oxford or Cambridge university and holds a postgraduate degree. Please make an enquiry and we will send you the profiles of the tutors who are currently teaching this course.

 Course Structure: 

Tutorial 1: First movement sonata-allegro form in a major key

Tutorial 2: First movement sonata-allegro form in a minor key

Tutorial 3: Sonata with no development (slow movement sonata form)

Tutorial 4: Sonata-rondo (finale sonata form)

Tutorial 5: Other hybrid sonata forms

Fees: £300

How it Works

  1. Get in touch (below) and let us know which course you are interested in

  2. We will put you in touch with the tutor(s), to schedule the hours of the course around a timetable that is convenient for you.

  3. Your tutor is paid directly through bank transfer*

  4. Tutorials are completed

  5. Student receives an e-certificate and report card

*please note that course fees must be paid in full before the second tutorial has been completed after which refunds cannot be given.

This course is intended to expand a student’s understanding of the topic, cultivate crucial academic skills, and serve as a demonstration of their commitment to learning and capacity for autodidactic study. It is thus the ideal complement to a university application; it cannot be substituted for any necessary element of an application, but it may enhance a student’s overall portfolio. The tutor’s comments in the personalised report received upon completion of the course may be used as references or quotes in an application process.