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Music In Depth: Context And Analysis

A tutor-guided study group of set works from the Western classical music canon with topics/works to be chosen in consultation with the class.

  • Who is it for?

    This course is for all those who have an interest in Western classical music and who wish to deepen their understanding by studying set works and learning more about the periods in which they were written. It is for anyone who wishes to develop their ability to speak about music. It is suitable for those considering studying at Advanced or degree level, and those who would like to develop a contextual understanding of musical masterpieces. Some of the course will involve more technical explanations of musical concepts, and so it is an advantage to be able to follow music in its written form since handouts of musical examples will be given.

  • What does it cover?

    We will take masterpieces from different periods of music (the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, early and late Romantic and Twentieth century - though not necessarily in chronological order), and by studying them in detail we will learn not only about the music but also about related subjects relevant to an understanding of the music itself. The works and composers chosen will be different to those studied on the Music History and Appreciation course, to give those who have already completed that course to develop their knowledge and expertise further. Works will be chosen by the tutor in consultation with the class, and will cover different genres, periods and styles. Each term we will cover two or three composers/works.

    By the end of the course, you should be able to:
    -To listen to music in a directed way, using personal response, reflection and analysis
    -To talk about music employing some technical words appropriate to the music studied
    -To increase your familiarity with certain specific works of music
    -To increase your awareness of cultural and historical factors which have shaped the music studied
    -To make a short presentation on an area of relevance to the subject under study (optional)

  • What will it be like?

    A significant part of the course will be listening to musical extracts and discussing them in class. The learning arena will be led as a seminar with all students welcome to contribute to the discussions. As mentioned above, there will be musical scores, extracts from source readings, other handouts, DVDs, recorded interviews etc. Students will be expected to do some private research and to make short presentations around the topic, especially where they already have a relevant area of expertise or personal interest.

  • What else do I need to buy or do?

    Materials (e.g. handouts) will be supplied by the tutor.
    You will be expected to read the handouts during the week and other small assignments, and you will be encouraged to keep a personal listening journal of new pieces which you hear to share with the class. You will be encouraged to 'listen around' the subject as much as possible.

  • What could it lead to?

    As a result of doing this course you may feel more confident in attending other historical-cultural courses to do with music or the arts in general, where a more subject-specific approach is taken. You may feel better prepared to embark on a foundation or degree course in music, art or the humanities which takes a historical-contextual or inter-disciplinary approach to its subject. Your own experience and understanding of music should be enhanced.
    There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.

    Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk

Available Courses

Music In Depth: Context And Analysis

A tutor-guided study group of set works from the Western classical music canon with topics/works to be chosen in consultation with the class.

02 October 2024 – 04 December 2024
Wednesday, 15:30 to 17:30
Course Code:907CS
£180 / £63
10 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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29 January 2025 – 02 April 2025
Wednesday, 15:30 to 17:30
Course Code:908CS
£180 / £63
10 Meetings
1 Rushworth St
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14 May 2025 – 16 July 2025
Wednesday, 15:30 to 17:30
Course Code:909CS
£180 / £63
10 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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