Beethoven: a 250th Anniversary Exploration - Canterbury Branch

Ref: C3745717

This online course will explore the "revolutionary/dramatic" and also "lyrical/pastoral" musical characteristics that is the essence of Beethoven's challenging - and often profoundly soul-searching - music. The works to be studied and listened to will include his symphonies, concertos, piano works (sonatas and bagatelles); and chamber music - including his ground-breaking string quartets.

Course aim

This online course will aim to explore in the 250th anniversary year of his birth the life and the works of Beethoven (1770-1827) that most encapsulate the essence of the man and of his music.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • identify the chief musical characteristics of Beethoven's musical style which is a crucial "bridge" between the late 18thc. Classic period style and the 19th c. Romantic period style in Western art music.
  • identify the compositions that most represent and encapsulate the essence of Beethoven's musical style.
  • appreciate more and enjoy listening to Beethoven's music with a more discerning 'ear'; and discuss its features in class utilising the knowledge gained on this course.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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 be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

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
  • Online Library resources: (see: Kent Libraries online website: go to: "Reference and Research"; then: "Art and Music"): Naxos Music Library (an online collection of music recordings) Oxford Music Online (a collection of music dictionaries) [Kent Libraries member card number required]

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Beethoven: a 250th Anniversary Exploration - Canterbury Branch

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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