Celebrating Female Composers (one-session course)

Ref: C3847144

This session will introduce students to classical music produced by female composers from across its historical eras, from the Early period into the present day. Through listening and reflection we will explore essential aspects of its historical, cultural and artistic development. To compliment this there will be a selection of music from other traditions such as jazz, contemporary and 'world music'. Our focus will be on gender, style, form, history, race/ethnicity, aesthetics, tradition/progress, the background of pieces and each composer's life. Students will learn to listen to and engage with music in a more critical and intellectually informed way. Pieces could be drawn from the Renaissance tradition, Program music, Romanticism, Impressionism, the Classical age, the Art Song, (post) Minimalism, transitions in the Baroque and Classical styles, Serialism and experimental music, Modernism, contemporary classical, literature & visual art in music, classical music in films, film music.

Additional information about this course

Part of the WEA national online programme in the Festival of Women

Course aim

To explore, enjoy and understand the creation, development and reception of a range of classical, non-classical, western and non-western music by female composers, considering such issues as period, form, style / aesthetics, gender and genre.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Recognise some of the important artistic, social and cultural forces that have shaped classical and other forms of music, particularly from a female perspective
  • Critically engage with different styles of music and female composers, broadly and specifically

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This session will be taught online using a combination of Zoom and the WEA's online digital learning platform Canvas, both of which you will need to be able to access through the internet and email. A selection of learning resources will be provided including playlists and listening beforehand.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Celebrating Female Composers (one-session course)

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 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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