When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor To be confirmed
  • Course Code K22MCAB01B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Using a simple and enjoyable teaching style, this course introduces the novice listener to the wonders of classical music, from Bach fugues to Mozart symphonies to Puccini operas. The course will begin with the elements of music, breaking classical musical into its components of pitch, duration, and sound colour, allowing to better understand how music works. Next, we will look at the compositions themselves, starting with the Middle Ages and Renaissance, to show how Western music developed in ways unique to the West. Ultimately, we reach the masters, commencing with Bach. What makes his music great? Why does it move us? What should we listen for? And so we proceed down through Western musical history, visiting virtually the people who created it and the places where they did so.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explore what the nature of simultaneous sounds and textures.
  • Build a foundation upon which a melody can be constructed
  • Understand the rules of musical syntax, and be ready to learn about musical progressions
  • Understand the four families of musical instruments–brasses, percussions, strings, and woodwinds---and the various musical textures, forms, and styles that they can create.

Class format and activities

This course will be delivered face to face and in centre.

Entry requirements

No entry requirements.

What you need to know before you enrol

This course is for anyone interested in music and the history of music.

What you need

Students are required to demonstrate creativity, a positive attitude and a dedication to developing their skills.

What you can do next

You can progress onto other short courses in Music at Morley College.