Exploring classical music: module 1

Course Dates: 17/09/19 - 26/11/19
Time: 13:30 - 15:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Karen Betley

Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores selected topics in Medieval to (early) Baroque music, and leads on to next term's course (MD021B) which covers Baroque to classical. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. This course has a scheduled break week: 22 October 2019.


What is the course about?

Join us on a fascinating journey through the history and development of classical music. This module is part of a series forming a beginners guide to Western Classical Music. It aims to provide an understanding of how this music works and how it has developed from the Medieval to the present. No previous musical knowledge is necessary. Tutor: Karen Betley.

What will we cover?

- A chronological survey of classical music from the Medieval to the early baroque
- The elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm etc) and how they work
- The development of styles (e.g: Renaissance and early baroque) and genres (Motets, Suites etc)
- Focus on certain key composers and their works including Palestrina and Monteverdi.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Have an overview of Medieval and Renaissance music
- Show an understanding of the elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm etc.) and how they work
- Have an understanding of the development of styles (e.g: Renaissance and early baroque) and genres (Motets, Suites etc)
- Show specific knowledge of certain key composers and their works.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous knowledge of music is required but you should have an interest in music and be keen to find out more. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor presentation and explanation, including handouts
Guided listening and watching of audio and audio-visual examples
Class discussion and debate
Listening and reading outside class is encouraged.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring a notebook and pen.
You may wish to buy some of the music or books recommended in class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course-module leads directly to MD021B: Exploring classical music: module 2.

To find out more about music appreciation classes and to read some of our recommendations, please see the blog post Music history and appreciation: the 2018/19 programme which lists our full programme of classes listed by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.

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A course that makes medieval music accessible
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 01/12/2018)
I have encouraged one friend to book Module 2 already
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 22/11/2018)
A wonderful introduction to the history and development of classical music
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 21/11/2018)
I was not interested in 12th - 15th century music but the instructor made it so interesting and fun. We covered the evolution of music during this period, music terms, the history of the period and how it impacted on music, and the musical pioneers at the time. The lectures are fascinating and the instructor is absolutely top-notch! I could not recommend this course more.
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Review by Laura R. / (Posted on 13/11/2018)
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Course Code: MD021A

Full Tue, day, 17 Sep - 26 Nov '19

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £169.00
Senior fee: £135.00
Concession: £103.00

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