Exploring classical music online

Course Dates: 11/08/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Online

A world of music is available to you from the comfort of your own home, thanks to online platforms that both offer high-quality recordings of works – and provide you with information about composers and performers from the distant past to the present day. Come and discover how to access this wealth of material, and explore the musical insights it can provide, whether you are undertaking detailed research into a topic, or would simply like to find out a little more about the music you love.

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?

The course is intended to provide an overview of classical music online resources, with hints and tips about make effective use of the resources and how to get access to them. Many are free or can be accessed without charge through public library membership. These include both music streaming sites, and music research sites: access to newspapers, music journals, dictionaries and encyclopaedias, suitable for broad audiences and specialists.

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?

- Identifying and accessing reliable online resources
- Using databases and catalogues: effective searching and browsing freely
- Streaming music and copyright issues
- How to dig deeper and where to look for further information.

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

- Identify key music resources for listening to and researching repertoire
- Summarise useful ‘dos’ and ‘dont’s’ when searching for particular information
- Recognise the signs of reliable sites which respect copyright laws and are well-researched.

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
Class discussion and debate
Listening and reading outside class is encouraged and once enrolled further online resources will be available via
Google classroom.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

To join this online class you will need a good internet connection and computer/tablet with webcam and sound. All teaching materials will be provided by the tutor in pdf format in advance of the lesson via google classroom.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in other courses in our wide range of Music History courses offered throughout the year.

Tutor Biographies
Katy Hamilton Tutor Website

Dr Katy Hamilton is a freelance researcher, writer and presenter on music. She is fast becoming one of the UK’s most sought-after speakers on music, providing talks for a host of organisations including the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, BBC Proms, Ryedale Festival and Oxford Lieder Festival. In addition, she regularly writes programme notes for the Salzburg Festival, North Norfolk Festival and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 3’s Record Review. Katy worked as Graham Johnson’s research assistant for his monumental Franz Schubert: The Songs and their Poets (Yale University Press, 2014) and is co-editor of Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and Brahms in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2019). In addition to her research and presentation work, Katy has taught at the Royal College of Music, City Lit, the University of Nottingham and Middlesex University, working with students in performance workshops and music history classes. She has been teaching Music History courses at City Lit since 2015. She is also Public Events Programmer at the Foundling Museum in central London.

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: MD806

Tue, day, 11 Aug - 11 Aug '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £29.00
Senior fee: £23.00
Concession: £18.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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

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