What is the course about?
Are you interested in the rôle of music in film? Would you like to know more about how it produces certain emotions? This course introduces the ways in which music and image work together to produce feeling. We will watch a wide variety of films and analyse the music in detail. We will discover key works of music written for film, and some of the essential technical knowledge applied by film composers to their creative processes.
What will we cover?
- What is the rôle of music in film?
- Some general explanation of technical aspects of music
- How has film music developed in the 20th and 21st centuries?
- Focus on some key works, exploring techniques used by the composer.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explain some key ways that film music produces particular emotions in the audience
- Describe key movements and name important composers of music for film
- Describe your own reactions to key works
- Explain some key technical musical terms.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners’ course. No prior knowledge of music or film is assumed or expected.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a range of techniques including short lectures, slide shows and discussions, practical demonstrations on the piano and guided listening sessions. Courses use a variety of materials including YouTube clips. Links to these are given on handouts so that further exploration may take place between classes if you wish. Occasional short preparation tasks, such as listening to a piece of music or reading about a person or style, may be set from time to time. 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?
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?
City Lit offers a wide range of music history classes, as well as related courses in history, art history and philosophy.
In the summer term Pauline will teach MD506 Music for film: a history, as well as MD999 Opera Studies 3: Operas in Production, MR008 Arts management: an introduction, and other music history and appreciation courses.
If you enjoy learning about music you may like to consider our wide range of instrumental classes including piano classes taught in our digital piano suite. All beginners classes are suitable for those who don’t yet read music notation but are keen to learn.
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.