Music in the Age of Dictators 1918-1991

Ref: C3741510

This 10 week course will explore the way that European musicians survived as alternative cultural voices within both fascist and communist political systems during the 20th century from the end of the Great War to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Course aim

This course will explore the European composers who became "alternative voices" within both fascist and communist political systems during the 20th century (1918-1991).

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Identify the extreme political movements/ideologies of the European 20th century and their social/cultural/musical consequences.
  • Identify the composers and their works that most encapsulate an artist's often fraught relationship with ideological dictatorship in all its forms during European 20th century history.
  • Develop a greater appreciation of European 20th century music and enjoy listening to it. Utilise the knowledge gained on this course to discuss your preferences.

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
  • WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Online Reference Library resources (see: Kent Libraries online website: "Online Reference Library" > "Arts and Music"): Naxos Music Library (an extensive online collection of music recordings)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Music in the Age of Dictators 1918-1991 Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • 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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