Classical music: an introduction
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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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 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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- What makes classical music classical?
- A (very) brief outline of classical music’s key historical periods, styles and features
- Some common musical terminology
- Exploring some typical pieces of classical music, including Handel ‘Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah, Beethoven Symphony no. 5 and Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture.
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 understanding of historical periods of music composition
- Feel confident to explore classical music in more detail in future.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners’ course. No prior knowledge of music is assumed or expected.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an online course:
- You will be taught using a range of techniques including short lectures, slide shows and discussions, practical demonstrations on the piano and guided listening sessions. Courses use a variety of materials including YouTube clips. Links to these are given on Google Classroom so that further exploration may take place between classes if you wish.
- Short preparation tasks, such as listening to a piece or reading a review, will be set
- 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?
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 Music history courses in London and online 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.