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Comparing notes: The kaleidoscope of piano textures

Comparing notes: The kaleidoscope of piano textures Copyright free image Credit: Hans via Pixabay
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 29 Jun 2015
Music for the piano is capable of a whole range of textures as the hands and even fingers do not have to do the same thing and can be used...

Comparing notes: Reading a musical score

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Updated 24 Jun 2015
Comparing musical scores - even of simple melodies - needs practice, but it is a relatively easy skill to acquire. Keeping the beat and spotting...

Parlez-vous Eurovision?

Parlez-vous Eurovision? Creative commons image Credit: Ngo Quang Minh under CC-BY-NC-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 May 2015
As English-language songs dominate the Eurovision Song Contest in its 60th anniversary, this article explores why so many of the songs are sung in...

'We all look forward to it': The social value of a festival in the town

'We all look forward to it': The social value of a festival in the town Copyrighted image Credit: Paul Bishop | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 May 2015
Does a festival have social value? Does it bring social bonding or does it cause social division? Dr Linda Wilks investigates. 

Free course: Understanding musical scores

Free course: Understanding musical scores Copyrighted image Credit: Jon Jablonsky under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Updated 06 May 2015
OpenLearn is a fantastic place to gain understanding of what to expect from Open University study; trying a free course, such as From Notation to...

International Jazz Day

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International Jazz Day
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Apr 2015
Let us inject a bit of jazz into your day as we celebrate International Jazz Day today (30 April).

The illicit world of Indian dance

The illicit world of Indian dance Copyrighted image Credit: Vonora | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
Although Bollywood has brought social change, the history of dancers in India is a story of shaming. Anna Morcom visited Thinking Allowed to...

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
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?  

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An introduction to music theory

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An introduction to music theory Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 29 Apr 2015
Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation. This free course, An introduction to music theory, will...

Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective

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Composition and improvisation in cross-cultural perspective Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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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Voice-leading analysis of music 1: the foreground Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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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Voice-leading analysis of music 2: the middleground Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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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Reception of music in cross-cultural perspective Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
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 3600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
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
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
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 28 Jul 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
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
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015 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...

From Enlightenment to Romanticism c.1780-1830

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From Enlightenment to Romanticism c.1780-1830 Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015 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 28 Jul 2015 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...

The arts past and present

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The arts past and present Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Study a broad range of arts subject areas (from history to philosophy, music to English) across multiple cultures and historical periods in this...