WEA music courses - music to your ears!

If you’ve ever wondered about the origins of music, how it came to be, where it came from and how it's shaped different cultures, then why not immerse yourself in one of our music courses.  

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Depending on the music course you choose, you could be learning a new set of skills, uncovering a new genre that you never knew about before, or simply gaining a greater appreciation for the work and the artist who created it. The possibilities are endless with a WEA course.

You'll travel through different musical eras, discovering the different genres, composers and historic backgrounds that helped shape music as we know it today. By broadening your musical horizons you’ll learn how to interpret music, improving your critical thinking and analytical skills.  

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Whether you prefer online learning from the comfort of your own home, or you want to attend an in-person class in your local community, we have a huge amount of flexibility to suit how you learn best. This means that you can pick the environment that’s right for you, giving you that piece of mind that you can learn in a place that you feel comfortable with. 

The support you’ll receive on our music courses 

Our online and in-person courses are taught by talented tutors who are experienced in all things music and will help support you to learn about all aspects of music history. They'll help you develop an understanding that goes beyond just what's on the surface. Whether you want to learn to sing, play an instrument or be immersed in the music of different cultures, we've got the course for you. 

Our learning experience is one of the things that sets us apart, with many of our learners going on to achieve incredible things. You’ll learn at a pace that’s comfortable for you too, with a friendly supportive tutor on hand to answer any questions you might have. 

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Music Appreciation: Major and Minor Composers

In this course you will listen to, explore and enjoy a wide range of classical music from its earliest eras through to the present day by well-known and more marginal composers. In doing so you will engage with several individual works in different forms in each session thinking about the circumstances of and reasons behind their creation, and the particulars of the sonic landscape they offer through ideas such as genre, style, technique and arrangement, this will set the musical piece in context and also dive into the way the piece was constructed. To complement this we will also pay attention to the life and background of each different composer and how their approach to composition contributes to a distinctive oeuvre. You will also listen to examples of music from other genres such as jazz, film music, contemporary/neo/post-classical, ambient and electronic music.

Course Information

Fri 19/04/2024 -
Fri 28/06/2024
9:45am - 11:45am
10 sessions
Simon Haworth
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Free to £74.00