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Musical Appreciation

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Do you enjoy listening to classical music but don’t know anything about it and think it’s elitist?

Taking the most performed and broadcast popular classics as its starting point, this course builds from listening to these masterworks to develop an understanding of the techniques used by their composers and the circumstances which led to their creation.

This module will suit anyone with an interest in music as well as singers and instrumentalists who would like a deeper understanding of the music they perform.

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through ten 2-hour sessions, made up of lectures, class discussions, small group work and debates. Class sessions will be supplemented by resources available to students via Learning Central.

Topics may include:

  • an introduction to the history of Western music and to the stylistic developments and idiosyncrasies of its principal periods
  • an explanation of the compositional forms and techniques behind the most loved classical music
  • outline of the social and historical contexts in which the composers and music studied in this course worked.

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.

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.

Reading suggestions

A full reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


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.