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Bhangra, Asian Underground and belonging

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Updated 11 Mar 2014
Bhangra and Asian Underground music are often seen as signs of British Asians having "arrived" in popular culture - but the truth is more complex.

Why does music matter?

Why does music matter? Creative commons image Credit: Mic Wernej under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Updated 11 Mar 2014
Nearly everyone likes music - but is it important? And have cultural theoriticians been turning it down when they should be pumping up the volume?...

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Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Improvisation and composition are words frequently used in the western world to describe the creation of music. But are they really two distinct...

Voice-leading analysis of music 3: the background

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 04 Dec 2012
The music of Mozart has been used to examine the foreground and middleground of harmony in units AA314_1 and AA314_2. Now you will use Beethoven's...

Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 20 Aug 2012
This unit introduces ‘voice-leading’ or ‘Schenkerian’ analysis, perhaps the most widely-used and discussed method of analysing tonal music. In this...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Jul 2014
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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Duration 3000 hours Updated 25 Jul 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Jul 2014
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...