Classical music: an introduction

Course Dates: 12/07/22
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Online
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Are you interested in finding out more about classical music but not sure where to start? This taster course will
introduce you to the history of music through a careful choice of works.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00

Course Code: MD897

Tue, day, 12 Jul - 12 Jul '22

Duration: 1 session

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2630

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What is the course about?

This enjoyable introductory course offers an overview of classical music through la selection of musical works composed across several hundred years. 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!

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Biographical information on selected composers
- Works studied will include Joseph Haydn’s Symphony no.88
- Composers studied will include Joseph Haydn, J.S. Bach and Amy Beach.

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 google classroom.

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?

We recommend Exploring classical music: module 1

To find out more about our range of music history classes Music history courses in London and online which lists our 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.


You may be interested in exploring music analysis further through musicianship and/ or music theory courses.

Katy Hamilton Tutor Website

Dr Katy Hamilton is a freelance researcher, writer and presenter on music. She is fast becoming one of the UK’s most sought-after speakers on music, providing talks for a host of organisations including the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, BBC Proms, Ryedale Festival and Oxford Lieder Festival. In addition, she regularly writes programme notes for the Salzburg Festival, North Norfolk Festival and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 3’s Record Review. Katy worked as Graham Johnson’s research assistant for his monumental Franz Schubert: The Songs and their Poets (Yale University Press, 2014) and is co-editor of Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Brahms in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2019). In addition to her research and presentation work, Katy has taught at the Royal College of Music, City Lit, the University of Nottingham and Middlesex University, working with students in performance workshops and music history classes. She has been teaching Music History courses at City Lit since 2015. She is also Public Events Programmer at the Foundling Museum in central London.

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.