What is the course about?
This enjoyable introductory course offers an overview of classical music through a selection of iconic works. Learn about key styles (genres) of classical music and how an understanding of historical context can increase your listening pleasure. Most importantly, learn to demystify some of the specialist words that musicians use and join in the discussion with confidence!
What will we cover?
- Biographical information on selected composers
- Works studied will include Beethoven’s 5th Symphony
- Composers studied will include Beethoven and Bach.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- feel more confident when talking about music and musical styles
- have an enhanced understanding of key styles (or genres) that make up classical music
- feel confident to explore classical music in more detail in future.
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 and once enrolled further online resources will be available via Moodle.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. However, 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 prepares you to take any of our courses in music appreciation; a wide range is offered during the main academic year. We recommend Exploring classical music: module 1
You may be interested in exploring music analysis further through musicianship and/ or music theory courses.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details