Music & Film

Ref: C3741585

From classical Hollywood Musicals to Russian, Mexican, Italian, British and German cinema we will explore how music is used by great composers to add to the effect of the film.

Course aim

The aim is to study the different uses made of music in films from silent movies to music used to heighten a visual image or atmosphere or in the form of a musical.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • develop a deeper sense of musical techniques that a composer uses.
  • compare and contrast the work of different composers.
  • appraise how successful composers are in their different uses of music.
  • compare and contrast how different cultures make use of music in their films.

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?

  • 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 or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • You will be able to develop a more critical ear to the music when watching a film!

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Music & Film


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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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