Bad Music

Ref: C2225669

Music, unlike many other forms, has often been regarded as iconoclastic, subservise, morally degrading. This course explores different periods in Western musical history and, through chosen examples, will examine how certain pieces of music have provided such challenges. Examples will range from the reglious strife of the Reformation, through the rise of nationalism in the nineteenth century to the liberalism of twentieth century Weimar republic and the subversiveness of Elvis Presley. No previous musical knowledge is required. Rather a willingness to be open minded about the power of music to challenge.

Course aim

To introduce to students the various debates about music labelled "bad". In aprticular, to examine the arguments for and against such judgements

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:

  • Outline why certain pieces of music provoked a response and may have been labelled "bad"
  • Discuss the different ways in which the label "bad" might be applied to music
  • Explain the relationship between changing musical taste, and audience respo0sne to changes in musical style

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
  • Selected home listening between lecture sessions

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
  • 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 or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Bad Music

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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