Medieval music: a vessel for chivalry and prayer

Course Dates: 28/04/22 - 14/07/22
Time: 10:30 - 12:40
Location: Online
From the lofty sublimity of Gregorian plainchant to the sensuality of Troubadour love songs, Medieval music spans a diverse range of styles and sounds. Come and delve into this fascinating world! Scheduled break weeks: 19 May & 02 June 2022.
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: MD1002

Started Thu, day, 28 Apr - 14 Jul '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course will provide a chronological study of the music of the period, starting with the emergence of plainchant and ending with the final works of the Ars Nova. Certain key works will be studied and emphasis will be placed on identifying Medieval formal, harmonic and melodic characteristics.

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?

- An historical overview of the period
- Exploration of certain composers and the role they played in the period
- identification of the formal, harmonic and melodic characteristics of certain key works from the period.

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

- Display a general historical overview of the period
- Have specific knowledge about certain composers and the role they played in the period
- Have an ability to identify the formal, harmonic and melodic characteristics of certain key works from the period.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is designed as an overview for both beginners and enthusiasts. However, we will look at some music manuscripts and learn to identify key features of music notation (how many voices are singing, etc…) so this course will be most suitable for those who are curious and ambitious to learn.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- Sessions 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 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.

Karen Betley

Karen Betley is a clarinettist and music historian, she studied at Goldsmiths university and has taught wind instruments and music history at both Morley College and City Lit whilst performing with her own chamber music ensemble. At City Lit she teaches the ever-popular Exploring Classical Music class and also the Wind ensemble. In 2017 Karen was awarded the Teacher of the Year prize by Lulu on behalf of City Lit.

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.