Exploring classical music: module 4
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: MD030D
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
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 mid 20th century 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 later 20th century
- The elements of music (melody, harmony, rhythm etc) and their use in this period
- The development of styles (Musique concrete, Serialism, Minimalism etc…)
- Focus on certain key composers and their works including Messiaen, Boulez, Cage and Ligeti.
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 the later 20th 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 and genres in the period discussed
- 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 (zoom) 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?
You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
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?
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.