Filter pages by:

More filter options

Explore.
Watch, listen, debate & discover with our experts

RSS Icon
  • 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.

    New content

    Read more about Managing projects through people

    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    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 New content
    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 ...

    Read more about Managing projects through people

    Video

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Apr 2017

  • How the ZX Spectrum and ZX81 shaped Frank Sidebottom

    Featuring: Video Video
    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...
  • 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 about the world...

    Watch now: Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

    TV Programme

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Mar 2017

  • Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

    Featuring: Video Video
    Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Mar 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...
  • 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...

    Read more about Managing projects through people

    Article

    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...

    Read more about Managing projects through people

    Audio

    15 mins

    Updated on:

    12 Dec 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 12th December 2016

    Featuring: Audio Audio
    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.

    Read more about Managing projects through people

    Video

    Updated on:

    09 Dec 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 9th December 2016

    Featuring: Video Video
    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.
  • Songs of Love and Hate: On Leonard Cohen Creative commons image Icon By By jonl1973 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chigley/2682089366/) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license

    Songs of Love and Hate: On Leonard Cohen

    By Professor Richard Danson Brown

    After Leonard Cohen's death, Richard Danson Brown explores the way the songwriter specialised in conveying...

    Read more about Managing projects through people

    Video

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Nov 2016

  • Songs of Love and Hate: On Leonard Cohen

    Featuring: Video Video
    Songs of Love and Hate: On Leonard Cohen Creative commons image Icon By By jonl1973 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chigley/2682089366/) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Nov 2016
    After Leonard Cohen's death, Richard Danson Brown explores the way the songwriter specialised in conveying difficulties in father-son relationships through...
  • Researching Nirvana: Whatever, Nevermind Creative commons image Icon Dino Gravato under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Researching Nirvana: Whatever, Nevermind

    By Amber Joy Powell, Caity Curry

    Nirvana's album Nevermind - and the subsequent suicide of Kurt Cobain - has turned a grunge statement into a cash...

    Read more about Managing projects through people

    Article

    Updated on:

    01 Nov 2016

  • Researching Nirvana: Whatever, Nevermind

    Researching Nirvana: Whatever, Nevermind Creative commons image Icon Dino Gravato under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Updated 01 Nov 2016
    Nirvana's album Nevermind - and the subsequent suicide of Kurt Cobain - has turned a grunge statement into a cash machine. Can research tell us how?
  • Living Shakespeare: Dame Evelyn Glennie  on the UK and The Tempest. Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Living Shakespeare: Dame Evelyn Glennie on the UK and The Tempest.

    The United Kingdom's Dame Evelyn Glennie talks us through her unique way of hearing and interpreting Shakespeare’s...

    Read more about Managing projects through people

    Video

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    30 Aug 2016

  • Living Shakespeare: Dame Evelyn Glennie on the UK and The Tempest.

    Featuring: Video Video
    Living Shakespeare: Dame Evelyn Glennie  on the UK and The Tempest. Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2016
    The United Kingdom's Dame Evelyn Glennie talks us through her unique way of hearing and interpreting Shakespeare’s The Tempest. 
  • Festival fever Creative commons image Icon Beth under CC-BY-NC-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license

    Festival fever

    Celebrate the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with our range of free courses, audio and video outlining areas to...

    Read more about Managing projects through people

    Article

    30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Aug 2016

  • Festival fever

    Festival fever Creative commons image Icon Beth under CC-BY-NC-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    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.

    Free OpenLearn courses.
    Free extracts from OU course materials

    RSS Icon
  • 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...

    Try: An introduction to music research now

    Free course

    16 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    07 Jul 2016

  • An introduction to music research

    Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video Audio Audio
    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...

    Try: Music and its media now

    Free course

    16 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    08 Mar 2016

  • Music and its media

    Free Course Free Course
    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...

    Try: An introduction to music theory now

    Free course

    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 Feb 2016

  • An introduction to music theory

    Free Course Free Course
    Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    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,...

    Try: Voice-leading analysis of music 3: the background now

    Free course

    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    08 Feb 2016

  • Voice-leading analysis of music 3: the background

    Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video Audio Audio
    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,...

    Try: Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middleground now

    Free course

    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2016

  • Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middleground

    Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video Audio Audio
    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...

    Try: Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground now

    Free course

    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2016

  • Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground

    Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video Audio Audio
    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...

    Try: Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective now

    Free course

    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    27 Jan 2016

  • Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective

    Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video
    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...

    Try: Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective now

    Free course

    20 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    15 Jan 2016

  • Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective

    Free Course Free Course Featuring: Video Video
    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...
  • The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

    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 shifting...

    By The iTunes U team

    Watch now: The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

    Audio

    50 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Feb 2010

  • The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

    Featuring: Video Video Audio Audio
    The Arts Past and Present: Ireland Copyrighted image Icon 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...

    Become an OU student.
    Change your life with a qualification

    RSS Icon

    BA/BSc Open degree

    Course Course
    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

    Course Course
    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 May 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

    Course Course
    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 May 2017
    Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

    Course Course
    Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 May 2017
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

    Course Course
    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 May 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Humanities

    Course Course
    BA (Honours) Humanities
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 May 2017
    This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and...

    The arts past and present

    Course Course
    The arts past and present Copyrighted image Icon 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 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Study a broad range of arts subject areas (from history to philosophy, music to...

    MA Music part 1

    Course Course
    MA Music part 1
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    This module introduces a range of music research skills and you will consider...

    Inside music

    Course Course
    Inside music Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This module is an introduction to the principles of music where you'll examine the...