Unsung Music Heroes – Minor or Just Out of Fashion?

Ref: C2224838

This is a study of the influence of minor composers whose work has been overshadowed by the 'greats' but without whose work Western Classical Music would have developed in different directions.The course includes a large amount of unusual repertoire and would be suitable as a broad introduction to other courses on Western Classical Music

Course aim

this is a study of minor composers who moved Western Classical music in to new directions and influenced those we now call the 'greats'.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • while the course is pitched at a level for the curious, nevertheless there will be opportunity for all members to contribute to the classes - and even bring their own examples of unsung heroes.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • define who might be unsung as opposed to 'received' by the classical community of today
  • justify the position of such composers in the catalogue of influential classical musicians
  • identify in each case the compositional qualities that were their significant contribution
  • negotiate with the class and tutor for the inclusion of unsung heros of their own choice in the course repertoire for the session
  • make a critique of the work and by so doing reframe their own perception of the classical music repertoire on offer today

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • but you might like to select your own unsung heroes in advance of the course so you have points of comparision for you to transfer into the class learning environment

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Unsung Music Heroes – Minor or Just Out of Fashion? Course Outline


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