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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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Inside music

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Inside music Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate Level Duration 600 hours Updated 05 May 2013 Register by 05 Sep 2013
This course is an introduction to the principles of music where you'll examine the fundamentals of Western music and develop a more detailed...

MA in Music

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MA in Music Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1800 hours Updated 21 Apr 2013
The MA develops your research and analytical skills while exploring the latest contemporary thinking and debates about the digital humanities and...

Start listening to music

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Start listening to music Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory Level Duration 100 hours Updated 04 Jan 2013 Register by 03 Oct 2013
A short online course about perceptive listening – exploring form, instrumentation and context through a wide range of music, including classical,...