Mozart and His World
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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Mozart is unquestionably one of the most important and well-known composers of all time, and his influence on Western art music has been profound. This course provides an introduction to his life and music, offering a broad musical, social and historical context so that other contemporary musicians can be better understood. In doing so, it will attempt try to answer one of the biggest questions of all: just why is Mozart considered to be so ‘great’?
Who is this course for?
Anyone who is interested in music and who would like to know more about the life and music of Mozart.
Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of lectures illustrated at the keyboard and through use of CDs and DVDs. From time to time, scores of the music under consideration are made available and, occasionally, historical documentation, the aim being to stimulate students into discussion and debate, and further exploration.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
It goes without saying that students’ understanding of the music studied in a course is usually considerably enhanced if they read and write about it. You will not have a formal examination but you will be asked to produce some written work. This need not be an essay: it can take the form of a course journal, portfolio, presentation, performance, or a class test. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
- Cairns, David, Mozart and His Operas (Penguin, 2007)
- Keefe, Simon P. (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Mozart (Cambridge University Press, 2003)
- Rushton, Julian, Mozart: An Extraordinary Life (ABRSM, 2005)
What else is on offer?
If this course interests you then you should be aware that the Centre for Lifelong Learning offers a number of varied and exciting music courses. Please see our Choices Catalogue for further details, or view our other music courses.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.