East to West - Explore Our Musical Heritage

Ref: C3741372

In this short course, we explore the sources of our musical heritage. From the classical music of North Africa and India to the traditional music of the UK - via flamenco, medieval & renaissance music in Europe. Through sound recordings, we hear how the music of the East has influenced music in the West. The legacy of these rich strands remains with us to the present day.

Course aim

To give a short introduction to the sources of our musical heritage, through sound recordings of traditional music from North Africa and Europe.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for anyone wishing to extend their musical horizons. Musical knowledge or ability are not required.

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

  • Understand more about the characteristics of traditional music (e.g. music from North Africa, flamenco)
  • Understand more about the musicians and their instruments - I’ll illustrate some aspects on the guitar
  • Understand some of the diverse geographical, social, & cultural contexts in which the music was made.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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East to West - Explore Our Musical Heritage

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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