What on Earth is THAT NOISE? Music in the 20th Century

Ref: C3741213

The 20th and 21st centuries have been a time of confusion for the general musical public. The gap between composers and their audiences has continued to widen. The Course will explore music from Debussy to Cage and Steve Reich in the hope that some of the noise will be made comprehensible- and some real enjoyment will be found.

Course aim

The aim of the Course is to present the diversity of musical styles in the 20th and 21st century, and to change some of its noise into music!

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • demonstrate a wider knowledge of contemporary styles.
  • critically evaluate the varying success of different compositions in communicating to their public.
  • describe the techniques that contemporary composers use.
  • critically appraise the use of instruments in compositions.

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

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

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

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