Free course

Music and its media

Free statement of participation on completion

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 particular piece can change over time; and how the appearance and contents of a source can reflect the circumstances in which it is produced. The course focuses on three examples of musical media that allow us to study music of the past: manuscripts of sixteenth-century Belgium, prints of eighteenth-century London, and recordings of twentieth-century America.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the main ways in which music is transmitted
  • understand how the means of communicating a particular piece can change over time
  • examine examples of musical media from different historical periods and geographical locations
  • show how the appearance and contents of a musical source can reflect its musical and non-musical context, its creator(s) and user(s).