Bob Dylan: an introduction to his music
Time: 15:45 - 17:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MD622B
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will focus on the first decade of Dylan’s career, with a particular emphasis on cultural and political aspects of the 1960s as they relate to his music. We will examine the context of the American Folk Music Revival and Dylan’s place in it, and the significance of his changes of direction.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- An introduction to the American folk revival and Dylan’s early influences
- A cultural history of the 1960s: Dylan’s impact on his contemporaries; his place in the Civil Right Movement
- The wider context of Dylan’s song writing and its development through his early career.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate an appreciation of Dylan’s landmark albums including Freewheelin’, The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Blonde On Blonde
- Place Dylan’s work within a wider cultural and political context
- Demonstrate a deeper understanding of Dylan’s place within contemporary popular music.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for beginners although there will be some discussion of musical themes and ideas.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an online course. You will be taught with workshops, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and handouts. The course will use a variety of materials including audio recordings and film footage. We will share documents and resources with you via google classroom, and live meetings will be help via zoom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
You may also wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after each session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
To find out more about music history classes and to read our year-long selection of courses, please see the blog post Music history: your guide to the 2019/20 programme which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.
David Harrison studied at Oxford Brookes university before taking a post-graduate diploma in saxophone performance at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. David has been teaching at City Lit since 1994. In 2004 he wrote a guitar player’s guide for Collins and joined Music Sales in 2005 to update the famous A Tune A Day tutor series, eventually producing over 40 titles as series editor of the relaunched A New Tune A Day books, which has since become the biggest-selling music tutor series worldwide. Since 2010, David has worked freelance writing, editing and producing mainly educational titles, including Abracadabra Beginning Theory (Collins Music); The Complete Ukulele Player (Music Sales) and most recently the Bob Dylan Complete (Hal Leonard), the authorised collection of every Dylan song, together with an extensive introduction covering Dylan’s acoustic guitar technique, his song-writing and Dylan’s place in the American folk music revival. Aside from his guitar and saxophone classes, David runs a course in song writing. a series of talks on the music of The Beatles, and a series on the songs of Bob Dylan’s 1960s albums.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.