Course title:
Music Appreciation for Christmas with Nicholas Redihough
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Fri 17 Dec 2021 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2
Total sessions: 1
Total number of classroom hours: 2
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 2
Fri 17 Dec 2021
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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Who is this programme for?
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£6.40 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?

This course is for everyone, from beginners to advanced appreciators, interested in the historical development of Christmas music.


This course is for everyone, from beginners to advanced appreciators, interested in the historical development of Christmas music.

What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
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. Students are encouraged to embrace a wide range of musical styles from ancient to modern.
Course aim:
This lecture will be a historical and chronological overview of music for Christmas from its origins in the medieval period up to the present day, including the compositions of a variety of composers and listening to musical examples.
Course description:
We are delivering this Christmas Lecture using Zoom. We will email, a few days before, the link to join the lecture with details of how to access Zoom if you should need it. Students on this lecture will be able to learn to appreciate and identify a variety of musical styles and compositions of Christmas music of different composers. We will listen to, explore 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 music of composers who have tried to express the Christmas story in music.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. - use my knowledge and learning to identify at least 3 key features of music for Christmas
2. - identify at least 6 pieces of music in different styles and by different composers
3. - develop my listening skills to recognise with perception and understanding, different elements and features of music
4. - identify the different types of pieces of music used by composers to express the Christmas story: for example, plainsong, carols, motets, cantatas, etc
5. - demonstrate an ability to embrace and evaluate musical compositions and recognize their historical context
How will I learn?

We expect you to attend your classroom sessions and make time to do any required learning activities on your own.

The WEA tutor will use a range of teaching and learning activities and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning. Your tutor will use tasks to see how you are learning, which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects, discussion, written or practical work. Your tutor will give you feedback on your learning and progress.

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