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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
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?  

Entrainment

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Entrainment Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Oct 2008
Open University ethnomusicologist Martin Clayton describes how his study of music and its performance in different cultural settings has allowed...

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Music in Code

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Music in Code Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 40 mins Updated 08 Mar 2010
Today, listening to music is easy - we have CDs, MP3s, radio, television and the internet. But around a hundred years ago life was very different -...

Sounds harmonious

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Sounds harmonious Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 26 Jul 2009
Math can be applied to pretty much everything in existence, and music is of no exception. Across this album, The Open University's Alan Graham...

Introduction to Working with Young People

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Introduction to Working with Young People Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 24 Apr 2009
How does music help to engage disaffected or disadvantaged young people? How can taking to the streets help build rapport with the youth community?...