Exploring classical music: module 3

Course Dates: 21/04/20 - 30/06/20
Time: 13:30 - 15:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Karen Betley

Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores the 19th century to the present. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. This course has a scheduled break week: 26th May 2020.


What is the course about?

This module is part of a series forming a beginners guide to Western Classical Music, which aims to provide an understanding of how this music works and how it has developed from the early nineteenth century to the present.
No previous musical knowledge is necessary. Tutor: Karen Betley.

What will we cover?

- A chronological survey of classical music from Romantic to the present
- The elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm etc) and how they work
- The development of styles (Romantic, Modern etc) and genres (Symphony, lied etc)
- Focus on certain key composers and their works including Schubert, Wagner and Stravinksy.

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

- Have an overview of the development of classical music from Romantic to the present
- Show an understanding of the elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm etc.) and how they work
- Have an understanding of the development of styles (Romantic, Modern etc) and genres (Symphony, lied 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?

Now that you have explored classical music on this overview course you may enjoy looking into some composers or specific gentres in more detail. Look out in particular for our short July courses.

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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See the course guide for term dates and further details


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The tutor is so knowledgeable and has a variety of skills which help us to learn and to think.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 04/07/2019)
Do it: the lecturer is so knowledgeable, inspiring and entertaining. I have sung most of my life and been to hundreds (at least!) of classical concerts. I just wish I had had the benefit of this course when I was a teenager as my appreciation of what I was listening to would have been so much greater. I have already booked up for Module 1, having started at Module 3, and am sure I shall do 2 as well.
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Review by Brigid / (Posted on 26/06/2019)
This is a very useful introduction to music history with well-chosen extracts of appropriate length and a great , energetic lecturer who makes sure you keep thinking! The balance between the overall view of history and detailed looks at particular works is very well handled.
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Review by James Watters / (Posted on 25/06/2019)
I thoroughly enjoyed this course as the tutor is very knowledgeable, with humour as an important ingredient in the delivery of the lessons.
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Review by Adriana / (Posted on 19/06/2019)
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Course Code: MD021C

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Tue, day, 21 Apr - 30 Jun '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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

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