Music Associated with Dance

Ref: C3670910

This course will investigate the chronological development of musical styles of music associated with dance, which emerged through the last four centuries, linked with contemporary historical and social factors. Considerable use of CD sound illustrations will be used, in addition DVD performances of dance/ballet will also be made.

Course aim

This course will investigate the wide range of styles of music associated with dance. A chronological approach will be adopted, focusing on music composed during the last four centuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Be more familiar in listening to music more carefully, with greater resultant enjoyment.
  • Be aware of changing musical styles which developed through the last four centuries.
  • Have an understanding of the historical and social context of the music studied.
  • Be encouraged to listen to more music associated with dance, and maybe attend `live` ballet/dance performances.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Students may wish to continue their studies by attending many concerts and dance/ballet performances. Students may also even be encouraged to learn to dance a variety of different musical dance styles e.g. Waltz, Latin American etc

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Music Associated with Dance


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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