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.
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
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.