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OpenLearn Live: 6th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 6th April 2016 Creative commons image Bwkparadox under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Apr 2016
When Microsoft tried to take on the iPod. Twice. And how Beethoven wrote music he couldn't hear. Free learning from across the day.

The Passing of the New: Bowie and Boulez

The Passing of the New: Bowie and Boulez Copyrighted image Copyright: Mark Waters | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2016
Are there any similarities between David Bowie and Pierre Boulez who both passed early on in January 2016?

David Bowie faces the last taboo

David Bowie faces the last taboo Creative commons image NYCArthur under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
David Bowie's later work showed him taking on the taboo of death with the vigour he'd used to break barriers of gender and identity, says Elizabeth...

Why the bands played on: Live music in the shadow of the Paris attacks

Why the bands played on: Live music in the shadow of the Paris attacks Creative commons image Maya-Anaïs Yataghène under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Dec 2015
The murderers who killed gig-goers during the Paris attacks challenged popular music's power to show defiance. They shouldn't win, says Adam Behr.

Laibach and think of North Korea: The subversive political message of the Slovenian band

Laibach and think of North Korea: The subversive political message of the Slovenian band Creative commons image Laibach under CC-BY-SA under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Aug 2015
Having accepted a booking to play North Korea, Laibach are suddenly achieving more attention than they've had in the rest of their thirty-five year...

Why Cilla Black was more than just a light entertainment star

Why Cilla Black was more than just a light entertainment star Creative commons image Netherlands National Archive under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2015
Cilla Black's hosting of Surprise Surprise and Blind Date shouldn't obscure what a significant figure in the cultural history of the 20th century...

How to use a musical score

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How to use a musical score Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 55 mins Updated 13 Jul 2015
Do you know how music is written down? How do musicians use scores in their work? Catherine Tackley and Naomi Barker, of the Open University,...

Free course: Understanding musical scores

Free course: Understanding musical scores Creative commons image Jon Jablonsky under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
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...

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An introduction to music research

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An introduction to music research Copyrighted image Copyright: ©
Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
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...

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MA Music part 1

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MA Music part 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 06 May 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
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 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 06 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Study a broad range of arts subject areas (from history to philosophy, music to English) across multiple cultures and historical periods in this...

Inside music

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Inside music Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 06 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module is an introduction to the principles of music where you'll examine the fundamentals of Western music and develop a more detailed...