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What makes a great Christmas number one?

What makes a great Christmas number one? Creative commons image Credit: Paul Conneally under CC-BY-NC-2.0 licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Dec 2014
What do the Christmas chart-topping songs by Mr Blobby, Rage Against the Machine and Band Aid all have in common?

The Great Fall: Berlin’s ‘Freedom’ concert

The Great Fall: Berlin’s ‘Freedom’ concert Creative commons image Credit: Allan Warren under CC BY-SA 3.0) license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
How did the Berlin 'Freedom' concert come about after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and what significance has music played in Germany's past?  

Bhangra, Asian Underground and belonging

Bhangra, Asian Underground and belonging Creative commons image Credit: Jan van der Crabben under CC-BY-SA licence
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?...

The Rest Is Noise: America

The Rest Is Noise: America Creative commons image Credit: Work found at http://en.wikipedia.org / CC BY-SA 3.0
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Mar 2013
23/24 Mar: A new world discovers its voice. The Rest Is Noise looks at the emergence of America.

20th century composers: making the connections

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20th century composers: making the connections Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Jan 2013
Explore the world of 20th century classical and avant-garde music through the composers and the fascinating connections that exist between them.

The white mask

The white mask Creative commons image Credit: kynan taitvia Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Introductory level Updated 16 Jan 2013
We explore Professor Paul Gilroy’s abiding contribution to our understanding of black identities and music's role in this

The Rest Is Noise

The Rest Is Noise Copyrighted image Credit: Southbank Centre
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jan 2013
The soundtrack of the 20th Century—a year-long series of concerts and events in association with the Southbank Centre and the BBC.

The Rest Is Noise: Here comes the 20th Century

The Rest Is Noise: Here comes the 20th Century Creative commons image Credit: Work found at Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0
Introductory level Updated 15 Jan 2013
19/20 Jan: A new century, a new world. The first weekend in The Rest Is Noise season explores the first decades of the 20th Century.

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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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Voice-leading analysis of music 3: the background Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middleground

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 31 Oct 2011
This unit continues our examination of ‘voice-leading’ or ‘Schenkerian’ analysis, perhaps the most widely-used and discussed method of analysing...

Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Jun 2011
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...

An introduction to music theory

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 09 Jun 2011
This unit provides an introduction to music theory pitched at a level equivalent to Grades 1-3 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of...

The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

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The Arts Past and Present: Ireland Copyrighted image Credit: 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Dec 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 22 Dec 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 22 Dec 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...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Inside music

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Inside music Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module is an introduction to the principles of music where you'll examine the fundamentals of Western music and develop a more detailed...

The music dissertation

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Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014 Register by 05 Dec 2014
Complete your MA in Music with a dissertation of 16,000-18,000 words, on a subject of your choice, with the guidance of your  tutor.

From Enlightenment to Romanticism c.1780-1830

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From Enlightenment to Romanticism c.1780-1830 Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Develop your critical understanding of this crucially formative period in modern European history, through key texts associated with the epoch...

MA Music part 1

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Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module introduces a range of music research skills and you will consider written documents about music, musical criticism and performances in...