What is the course about?
Join us on a fascinating journey through the history and development of classical music. This module is part of a series forming a beginners guide to Western Classical Music. It aims to provide an understanding of how this music works and how it has developed from the Medieval to the present. No previous musical knowledge is necessary.
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?
- A chronological survey of classical music from the Medieval to the early baroque
- Learn a little about the social and historical context for key musical works
- The elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm etc) and how they work
- The development of styles (e.g: Renaissance and early baroque) and genres (Motets, Suites etc)
- Focus on certain key composers and their works including Palestrina and Monteverdi.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have an overview of Medieval and Renaissance music
- Show an understanding of the elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm etc.) and how they work
- Have an understanding of the development of styles (e.g: Renaissance and early baroque) and genres (Motets, Suites etc)
- Show specific knowledge of certain key composers and their works.
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?
This is an online course:
Sessions will be held via video-conference (google meets) and comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study. Course materials (handouts, scores, links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notebook and pen.
You may wish to access some of the recommended online resources throughout the course so that you can listen again at home and/or read further into each topic.
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-module leads directly to MD030B: Exploring classical music: module 2.
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.