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Festival fever

Festival fever Creative commons image Beth under CC-BY-NC-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license Updated content
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
Celebrate the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with our range of free courses, audio and video outlining areas to do with the arts.

OpenLearn Live: 1st August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 1st August 2016 Creative commons image Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Aug 2016
The slow burn of an incendiary John Lennon line - and why chickens aren't linked to oil imports. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 13th July 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 13th July 2016 Creative commons image Victorddt under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jul 2016
The Therese whose name nearly echoed down musical history; a linguistic approach to Adele's swearing; and a guide to Prime Ministership. Free...

International Jazz Day

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International Jazz Day
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
Let us inject a bit of jazz into your day as we celebrate International Jazz Day today (30 April).

OpenLearn Live: 26th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 26th April 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Apr 2016
The composer who welcomes people to the East of the Czech Republic. Then more learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 22nd April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 22nd April 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Apr 2016
Tributes to Prince from around, and beyond, the world; plus a TV institution that has lasted longer than Corrie. Then more free learning through...

OpenLearn Live: 6th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 6th April 2016 Creative commons image Bwkparadox under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Apr 2016
When Microsoft tried to take on the iPod. Twice. And how Beethoven wrote music he couldn't hear. Free learning from across the day.

Bowie as a conduit

Bowie as a conduit Creative commons image Maureen Barlin under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 licence under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
David Bowie's music and style opened doors to different music and stranger books. Professor Richard Brown writes about how Bowie...

The Passing of the New: Bowie and Boulez

The Passing of the New: Bowie and Boulez Copyrighted image Copyright: Mark Waters | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2016
Are there any similarities between David Bowie and Pierre Boulez who both passed early on in January 2016?

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Music and its media

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Music and its media Copyrighted image Copyright: © Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool/Bridgeman Images.
Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
This free course, Music and its media, examines some of the main ways in which music is transmitted. It considers how the means of communicating a...

An introduction to music theory

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 26 Feb 2016
Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation. This free course, An introduction to music theory, will...

Voice-leading analysis of music 3: the background

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Voice-leading analysis of music 3: the background Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
The music of Mozart has been used to examine the foreground and middleground of harmony in free courses AA314_1 and AA314_2. In this free course,...

Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middleground

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Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middleground Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
This free course, Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middleground, continues our examination of 'voice-leading' or 'Schenkerian' analysis,...

Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground

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Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
This free course, Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground, introduces 'voice-leading' or 'Schenkerian' analysis, perhaps the most widely...

Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective

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Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective Creative commons image Jesse Kruger under Creative-Commons license
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
Music is created to be performed, in most cases for an audience, whether in a concert hall, at a street fair or through a radio. But how those...

Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective

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Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
Improvisation and composition are words frequently used in the western world to describe the creation of music. But are they really two distinct...

An introduction to music research

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An introduction to music research Copyrighted image Copyright: ©
Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
In this free course, An introduction to music research, we have gathered together materials to allow you to explore the ways in which music may be...

The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

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The Arts Past and Present: Ireland Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 50 mins Updated 09 Feb 2010
Do we use our buildings to declare who we are? How far does our heritage influence our collective identity? This insightful album reveals Ireland's...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

MA Music part 1

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MA Music part 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
This module introduces a range of music research skills and you will consider written documents about music, musical criticism and performances in...

The arts past and present

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The arts past and present Copyrighted image Copyright: Beauneveu: Giraudon/The Bridgeman Art Library; Kandinsky: © The Art Institute of Chicago. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2012
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Study a broad range of arts subject areas (from history to philosophy, music to English) across multiple cultures and historical periods in this...

Inside music

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Inside music Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Aug 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module is an introduction to the principles of music where you'll examine the fundamentals of Western music and develop a more detailed...