What is the course about?
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 high baroque to the present. No previous musical knowledge is necessary. Tutor: Karen Betley.
What will we cover?
- A chronological survey of music from high baroque through the Eighteenth century
- the elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm etc) and how they work
- the development of styles (Classical, Baroque etc) and genres (Symphony, Cantata etc)
- focus on certain key composers and their works including Bach, Handel and Mozart.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have an overview of the development of classical music through the eighteenth century
- show an understanding of the elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm etc.) and how they work
- have an understanding of the development of styles (Classical, early Baroque etc) and genres (Symphony, Cantata 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?
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.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notebook and pen.
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 continues with Exploring classical music - Module 3 (MD021C) in late April.
To find out more about music appreciation classes and to read some of our recommendations, please see the blog post Music history and appreciation: the 2018/19 programme which lists our full programme of classes listed by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.