Exploring classical music: module 2

Course Dates: 13/01/21 - 24/03/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online

Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores Baroque to Classical and leads to MD030C – Romantic to Modern, next term. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. please note this evening course does not have a mid-term break.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


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.

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?

- 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 and once enrolled further online resources will be available.

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 (MD030C) in late April.

To find out more about music history classes and to read our year-long selection of courses, please see the blog post Music history: your guide to the 2019/20 programme 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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Fantastic course for all levels.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/03/2020)
It’s brilliant and taught brilliantly. It benefits from a reading or listening. As homework.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/03/2020)
Do it! It is immensely enjoyable and informative and will enhance your life. I wish I had had the knowledge I have learned from the course when I was a teenager. The course will suit a wide range of people whether you have musical knowledge or not. Fascinating and inspiring.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/03/2020)
Interesting and stimulating - the tutor is brilliant at illustrating points and keeping you on your toes ;
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 10/03/2020)
Don't hesitate to enrol, you will learn so much.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/04/2019)
Do go ahead. You will enjoy it, and learn a great deal.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/03/2019)
thoroughly recommended
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/03/2019)
The course is informative, entertaining, well-taught and thoroughly enjoyable.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 22/03/2019)
This is a good overview of the topic which stimulated me to do further study and listening in relation to the main composers featured. It made me rethink my opinions on them and take a more favourable view of Baroque music.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/03/2019)
Tutor Biographies
Karl Lutchmayer

I have spent my professional career balancing performing as a concert pianist with teaching academic music courses. I was formerly a lecturer at the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire, but have found that I enjoy teaching non-professionals far more, so a great deal of my work over the last three years has been with adult amateurs and the general public. Born to Indian parents (the name is a long story, but I and my forbears are Indian as far as records go back!), I now also spend a few months each year in India working with teachers and advanced students with the aim, ultimately, of opening India's first conservatoire. My research work has largely been in the area of 19th and 20th century performing practice, although for the last three years I have been investigating approaches to performance creativity, first at New College, Oxford, and now at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. In my spare time you may occasionally me performing as a founder member of the prog rock band, The Connoisseur.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: MD030B

Wed, eve, 13 Jan - 24 Mar '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £169.00
Senior fee: £169.00
Concession: £103.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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

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