Exploring classical music: module 3

Course Dates: 23/04/24 - 02/07/24
Time: 13:30 - 15:00
Location: Keeley Street
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Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Romantic and modern music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Please note this course has a mid-term break: 28 May 2024.
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Exploring classical music: module 3
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  • Course Code: MD021C
  • Dates: 23/04/24 - 02/07/24
  • Time: 13:30 - 15:00
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Edward Breen

Course Code: MD021C

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Full Tue, day, 23 Apr - 02 Jul '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This classic music appreciation course will lead you on a fascinating journey through the history and development of classical music, guiding you through a selection of notable works and explaining key musical changes at each stage. This module is the one of three forming our beginners’ guide to Western Classical Music. In module 3 we explore music and composers from the early nineteenth and twentieth centuries. No previous musical knowledge is necessary.

What will we cover?

- A chronological survey of classical music from Romantic to the present
- The elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm etc) and how they work
- The development of styles (Romantic, Modern etc) and genres (Symphony, lied etc)
- Focus on certain key composers and their works including Schubert, Liszt and Stravinksy.

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

- Have an overview of the development of classical music from early nineteenth to twentieth centuries
- Show an understanding of the elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm etc.) and how they work
- Have an understanding of the development of styles (Romantic, Modern etc) and genres (Symphony, lied 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?

Sessions will 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?

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?

Now that you have explored classical music on this overview course you may enjoy looking into some composers or specific genres in more detail. Look out in particular for our short July courses.

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.

Edward Breen Tutor Website

Edward teaches music history and music theory at City lit where he is Head of Programme: Advanced Studies in the School of Performing Arts. His specialism is early music (medieval, renaissance and baroque periods) and he completed his PhD in historical musicology at King's College London (2013) on the performance of medieval music. Outside of teaching, Edward is a regular contributor to Gramophone magazine and has lectured for Dartington International Summer School, London's Southbank Centre and The British Library. He has also worked as a researcher for BBC Proms and written for the journal Early Music (OUP). His recent essays are published in: The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Historical Performance in Music, (Cambridge University Press); The Montpellier Codex: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music 16 (Boydell Press); Recomposing the Past: Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen (Ashgate 2018); and 30-Second Classical Music (Ivy Press).

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.