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  • Rod Stewart was a 1970s ally Creative commons image Icon Allan Warren under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Rod Stewart was a 1970s ally

    By Professor Robert Morrison

    With a powerful ballad and a refusal to bend the knee to his record label, Rod Stewart was an early, unapologetic...

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    5 mins

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    21 Sep 2017

  • Rod Stewart was a 1970s ally

    Rod Stewart was a 1970s ally Creative commons image Icon Allan Warren under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Sep 2017
    With a powerful ballad and a refusal to bend the knee to his record label, Rod Stewart was an early, unapologetic supporter of equality. Robert Morrison...
  • Why do Taylor Swift & Sylvia Plath have more in common than you might think? Creative commons image Icon Eva Rinaldi under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
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    20 Sep 2017

  • Why do Taylor Swift & Sylvia Plath have more in common than you might think?

    Why do Taylor Swift & Sylvia Plath have more in common than you might think? Creative commons image Icon Eva Rinaldi under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Sep 2017
    Eleanor Spencer-Regan explores the common thread between Look What You Made Me Do and Lady Lazarus
  • Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

    Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a sonic odyssey through the sounds of the universe – to reveal what the physics of sound can tell us...

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    10 mins

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    13 Sep 2017

  • Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

    Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Sep 2017
    Dr Helen Czerski takes us on a sonic odyssey through the sounds of the universe – to reveal what the physics of sound can tell us about the world and how it...
  • The Music of Time Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    The Music of Time

    How does music gain the meaning different societies give it?

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    10 mins

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    01 Aug 2017

  • The Music of Time

    The Music of Time Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Aug 2017
    How does music gain the meaning different societies give it?
  • How did music influence Virgina Woolf? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: George Charles Beresford

    How did music influence Virgina Woolf?

    By Emma Sutton

    Virginia Woolf once wrote that music was "nearest to truth", and it was inarguably a major influence on her work....

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Jul 2017

  • How did music influence Virgina Woolf?

    How did music influence Virgina Woolf? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: George Charles Beresford
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Jul 2017
    Virginia Woolf once wrote that music was "nearest to truth", and it was inarguably a major influence on her work. Emma Sutton uses Woolf's story A Simple...
  • After Manchester: Can you make venues safer? Creative commons image Icon Hannah under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    After Manchester: Can you make venues safer?

    By David Lowe

    The bombing of a crowd leaving a venue can be hard to prevent. David Lowe asks if we need new strategies.

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    24 May 2017

  • After Manchester: Can you make venues safer?

    After Manchester: Can you make venues safer? Creative commons image Icon Hannah under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 May 2017
    The bombing of a crowd leaving a venue can be hard to prevent. David Lowe asks if we need new strategies.
  • How the ZX Spectrum and ZX81 shaped Frank Sidebottom Creative commons image Icon James / The Being Frank Movie under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    How the ZX Spectrum and ZX81 shaped Frank Sidebottom

    By Rhys James Jones

    Rhys James Jones traces the legendary Frank Sidebottom's roots back to the early days of home computing. (When ...

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    19 Apr 2017

  • How the ZX Spectrum and ZX81 shaped Frank Sidebottom

    How the ZX Spectrum and ZX81 shaped Frank Sidebottom Creative commons image Icon James / The Being Frank Movie under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2017
    Rhys James Jones traces the legendary Frank Sidebottom's roots back to the early days of home computing. (When "computing" was a thing you did, and doing it...
  • Do music lessons help with children's other classes? Creative commons image Icon lothlaurien under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Do music lessons help with children's other classes?

    By Fernand Gobet, Giovanni Sala

    There's been research which suggests picking up an instrument can improve children's educational performance across...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Jan 2017

  • Do music lessons help with children's other classes?

    Do music lessons help with children's other classes? Creative commons image Icon lothlaurien under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2017
    There's been research which suggests picking up an instrument can improve children's educational performance across the board. But is there really any proof?
  • OpenLearn Live: 12th December 2016 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Google Cultural Institute

    OpenLearn Live: 12th December 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    The production wing of a Viennese art movement; monkey typing; and what happens when you play Lennon in a coffee shop...

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    12 Dec 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 12th December 2016

    OpenLearn Live: 12th December 2016 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Google Cultural Institute
    Duration 15 mins Updated 12 Dec 2016
    The production wing of a Viennese art movement; monkey typing; and what happens when you play Lennon in a coffee shop? Learning and research across the...
  • OpenLearn Live: 9th December 2016 Creative commons image Icon Julia Gomelskaya under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 9th December 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    The composer who made a ballerina of Jane Eyre. Then more learning and research across the day.

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    09 Dec 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 9th December 2016

    OpenLearn Live: 9th December 2016 Creative commons image Icon Julia Gomelskaya under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Updated 09 Dec 2016
    The composer who made a ballerina of Jane Eyre. Then more learning and research across the day.

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  • An introduction to music research

    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...

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    Free course

    16 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    07 Jul 2016

  • An introduction to music research

    An introduction to music research Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: ©
    Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 07 Jul 2016
    In this free course, An introduction to music research, we have gathered together...
  • Music and its media

    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...

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    16 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    08 Mar 2016

  • Music and its media

    Music and its media Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • An introduction to music theory

    Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation. This free course, An introduction to music theory, will...

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    26 Feb 2016

  • 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....
  • Voice-leading analysis of music 3: the background

    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,...

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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    08 Feb 2016

  • Voice-leading analysis of music 3: the background

    Voice-leading analysis of music 3: the background Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middleground

    This free course, Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middleground, continues our examination of 'voice-leading' or 'Schenkerian' analysis,...

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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2016

  • Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middleground

    Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middleground Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground

    This free course, Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground, introduces 'voice-leading' or 'Schenkerian' analysis, perhaps the most widely...

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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2016

  • Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground

    Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground Copyrighted image Icon 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 ...
  • Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective

    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...

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    Free course

    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    27 Jan 2016

  • Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective

    Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective Creative commons image Icon 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...
  • Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective

    Improvisation and composition are words frequently used in the western world to describe the creation of music. But are they really two distinct...

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    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    15 Jan 2016

  • Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective

    Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective Copyrighted image Icon 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...

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
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    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an...

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Nov 2017
    This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and...