Exploring classical music: module 3

Course Dates: 21/04/21 - 30/06/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
Tutors:

Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores the music of the 19th century to the early 20th century. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Please note this evening course runs without a mid-term break.

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

Description

What is the course about?

This module is part of a series forming a beginners guide to Western Classical Music, which aims to provide an understanding of how this music works and how it has developed from the early nineteenth century to the early 20th century.
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 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, Wagner 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 Romantic to the present
- 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?

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?

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 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.

Reviews

Customer Reviews 4 item(s)

Write a review

Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

The tutor is so knowledgeable and has a variety of skills which help us to learn and to think.
Course Rating
Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 04/07/2019)
Do it: the lecturer is so knowledgeable, inspiring and entertaining. I have sung most of my life and been to hundreds (at least!) of classical concerts. I just wish I had had the benefit of this course when I was a teenager as my appreciation of what I was listening to would have been so much greater. I have already booked up for Module 1, having started at Module 3, and am sure I shall do 2 as well.
Course Rating
Review by Brigid / (Posted on 26/06/2019)
This is a very useful introduction to music history with well-chosen extracts of appropriate length and a great , energetic lecturer who makes sure you keep thinking! The balance between the overall view of history and detailed looks at particular works is very well handled.
Course Rating
Review by James Watters / (Posted on 25/06/2019)
I thoroughly enjoyed this course as the tutor is very knowledgeable, with humour as an important ingredient in the delivery of the lessons.
Course Rating
Review by Adriana / (Posted on 19/06/2019)
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: MD030C

Wed, eve, 21 Apr - 30 Jun '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

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.