Music Appreciation

Ref: C2342858

Students on this course will be able to learn to appreciate a variety of classical music styles and compositions of several composers. We will listen to and appreciate a range of musical compositions which represent the development of musical styles in the history of western art music. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the lives of composers and discuss their responses to the music in its historical context, with a view to including and considering aspects of the social, political and cultural background.

Course aim

To learn to appreciate classical music in a historical context in order to develop individual listening skills through the compositions and lives of variety of composers, including an emphasis on group discussion and learning activities.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Everyone welcome - participants will want to listen to, embrace and learn about a variety of musical styles and discuss their responses to the music with others.

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

  • - use my knowledge and learning to identify at least 3 key features and themes of classical music
  • - identify pieces of music in different styles and by different composers
  • - develop my listening skills to recognise, with perception and understanding, different elements and features of music
  • - discuss with others my responses to music by composers with other participants on the course and present reasons for those responses
  • - demonstrate an ability to embrace and evaluate musical compositions in their historical context

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Students are encouraged to listen to music related to the course content. As music students, participants will be required to do research, read handouts, respond to questions with their reasons, and participate in class learning activities some of which will include writing notes.

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
  • 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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • The course focusses on developing listening skills, appreciation and discussion with other students. Some students may want to undertake a voluntary presentation during the course.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Students are encouraged to bring a pen and a notebook to make notes: a weekly handout of musical examples will be provided by the tutor.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Students may want to read books on classical music: A Rough Guide to Classical Music edited by Joe Staines & Duncan Clark Classical Music, A New Way of Listening by Alexander Waugh The Cambridge Music Guide edited by Stanley Sadie and Alison Latham Classical Music by Julian Johnson

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

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Music Appreciation

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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