Turning Points and Fresh Horizons: Why the History of Music Keeps Changing 1

Ref: C2420802

The course will be based around listening to music from a wide range of periods taken from the last 750 years - up to the present day. All music will be presented against the background of its wider cultural context, which will be discussed alongside the music itself. Some explanation of technical terms in music will be provided, but on the whole this course requires no detailed knowledge, nor does it expect students to be able to read music. All students, however, will be encouraged to take part in class discussions, and to develop greater skills in debating the issues relating to this subject, and to cultural matters in general.

Course aim

This course is to encourage and promote a greater understanding of world culture through the medium of music. It will aim to examine various changes from a wide variety of periods in history, and try to understand what has driven those changes.

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:

  • Have a greater understanding of the differences between music of various periods from the last 750 years.
  • Have a fuller appreciation of the cultural cross-currents which have brought about changes and developments during that period.
  • Achieve a wider knowledge of unfamiliar music, and a greater appreciation of better-known repertoire.

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 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

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Turning Points and Fresh Horizons: Why the History of Music Keeps Changing 1


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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