Exploring Brazilian music: bossa nova and beyond

Course Dates: 23/02/24 - 22/03/24
Time: 16:30 - 18:30
Location: Keeley Street
This course will present an overview of Brazilian musical history through a study of its most prominent styles and composers. Genres such as Choro, Samba, Bossa Nova, Northeastern music (Forró, Baião) and Ijexá will be introduced and analysed.
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Exploring Brazilian music: bossa nova and beyond
  • Course Code: MD660
  • Dates: 23/02/24 - 22/03/24
  • Time: 16:30 - 18:30
  • Taught: Fri, Daytime
  • Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street

Course Code: MD660

Fri, day, 23 Feb - 22 Mar '24

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

We will identify the distinctive elements of each genre. By introducing these genres we will explore Brazil’s unique confluence of European, African and Indigenous influences and how they manifest musically. The base of this exploration will be listening and analysing key works from important composers in each genre.

What will we cover?

- review of the origins of styles
- overview of composers
- describing various genres
- guided listening activities.

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

- Broaden historical knowledge of styles and genres within Brazilian music
- Teach students to identify key elements of genres within Brazilian music
- Deepen knowledge of the incredibly rich repertoire and cultural references within the genres studied.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels including those new to Brazilian music. It is designed to help you take a broad understanding of the topic and to act as a catalyst for further reading and listening.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught using a range of techniques including short lectures, slide shows and discussions, practical demonstrations on the guitar and guided listening sessions. Courses use a variety of materials including audio recordings, DVDs and youtube clips. Lyrics will be given in English translation.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You may 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.

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