Queer music history & LGBT composers: an introduction

Course Dates: 22/02/21 - 29/03/21
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Online

An introduction to LGBT composers/music makers as well as an introduction to the development of queer musicology. Your tutor will guide you through a review of music throughout history from the standpoint of the LGBTQIA+ community. Covering composers who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, from classical to popular genres, medieval to present day.

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?

Follow the journeys of seminal LGBT composers throughout music history, from the medieval period to the 21st century. Discover the evolution of a queer study of music from the 1980s to today. Illuminating the challenges these music makers endured and overcame plus the tremendous impact they had in shaping western music – from classical to popular genres alike.

Listening to works such as:
- Reverie for Violin and Strings by Angela Morley
- Turning it Over by Meg Christian
- Passion Flower by Billy Strayhorn
- Concert Piece for Violin by Henriëtte Bosmans
- Harp Concerto by Jennifer Higdon.

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?

- Biographies of selected LGBT composers
- Introductory topics in queer musicology and queer theory
- Music appreciation and listening skills
- An opportunity to share and discuss your own ideas and findings in class.

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

- Summarise the biographies of some of the key LGBT composers and music makers from the medieval period to present day
- Discuss the historical context and societal pressures upon LGBT composers and music makers at their times.
- Define some of the attributes of queerness in musicology and queer theory
- Surmise the impact being LGBTQIA+ may have had on composing and creating music throughout history and today
- List some of the key figures responsible for continuing music-making in the LGBTQIA+ community today.

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

No prior knowledge of the subject is required, just a keen interest in music and/or the LGBTQIA+ community. You do not need to read music to take this course (although we might briefly look at music notation from time-to-time). You will be asked to do some reading during class time and between sessions.

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 (Google Meet) 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.
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.

Tutor Biographies
Ross Thomas Tutor Website

Ross Thomas is a professional musician, conductor, arranger and composer based in London. Also known as their alter ego Taxi Rank, they are working at the intersection of classical/contemporary music, fashion and performance. Ross is currently championing the works of female, LGBT, BME composers and musicians as well as Australian contemporary music. Ross is passionate about the clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone and enjoys passing on these skills to keen learners. Courses currently taught at City Lit are Clarinet, Flute and clarinet choir, and Wind ensemble.

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: MD659

Mon, eve, 22 Feb - 29 Mar '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £79.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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

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