Sounds and Sweet Airs. The Forgotten Women of Classical Music

Ref: C3126128

This course will look at the music of women composers across the ages, both familiar and unfamiliar. Also we will consider women as performers of their own compositions - for example Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach and Rebecca Clarke. The course will consider societal attitudes to women composers and examine the historical context of the different musical periods (baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary).

Course aim

To explore the music of women composers from the medieval, baroque, romantic and modern periods. To gain an appreciation of some of the societal reasons why their music is not better known and more frequently performed and recorded.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Expand my knowledge of women composers.
  • Gain an appreciation of the range of compositions and styles.
  • Increase an awareness of some of the barriers facing women composers both past and present.
  • Be able to name 10 women composers.

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

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Sounds and Sweet Airs. The Forgotten Women of Classical Music

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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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