Centre for Continuing Education

Music and film

Music and film. Enrich your life.

Almost 100 per cent of Australians say the arts play a role in their lives, according to a survey by the Australian Council for the Arts. 75% of respondents also said the arts should be an important part of education for every Australian and 60 per cent agreed they have a positive impact on wellbeing and happiness.

Our expert presenters bring context to the great works of music and film, revealing their biographical, historical and social significance, leading to enhanced understanding and appreciation of the enduring works that unite cultures and generations.

Learn music and film the smart way, with the Centre for Continuing Education.

Movies Now Course: Your Movie Club

Film. Focus on cinema. This unique and popular movie appreciation course is like having your own private movie club. In its 15th year, Movies Now offers you ‘private movie premieres’ prior to their commercial release with each featured movie specially selected by the presenter and popular film critic, Andrew L Urban. The featured movies and their titles remain a secret until their screening to ensure that you approach each film on its own merits, uncompromised by outside opinions.... [More]
Back to Top
Movies Now Course: Your Movie Club

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Film”}</p><p>This unique and popular movie appreciation course is like having your own private movie club. In its 15th year, Movies Now offers you ‘private movie

...

Music Appreciation Course: A Beginner's Guide to Classical Music

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Interested in classical music but don’t know how to start? Been listening for a while but need some guidance? This course provides a framework for understanding classical music, examining the major periods of music history, the music of the great composers, and the main classical genres. Each week, we will listen to some works and examine their historical, social and musical context. You will be able to explore your own taste in music and learn how... [More]
Back to Top
Music Appreciation Course: A Beginner's Guide to Classical Music

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Music”}</p><p>Interested in classical music but don’t know how to start? Been listening for a while but need some guidance? This course provides a framework for

...

A History of World Cinema Course with David Stratton

Film. Focus on cinema. David Stratton’s History of World Cinema course explores in great detail the development and trends of world cinema in chronological order. This unique eleven-year series on the history of world cinema, is a rare opportunity to participate in this very personal but immensely informative survey of international cinema from its origins. Two courses from this eleven-year series will be scheduled every year, each covering a segment of cinematic history across... [More]
Back to Top
A History of World Cinema Course with David Stratton

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Film”}</p><p>David Stratton’s History of World Cinema course explores in great detail the development and trends of world cinema in chronological order. This unique

...
This unique program on cinema history continues with a close look at the post-war period as reflected by cinema around the world. This course covers the period 1960-1961.

Documentary Course: Introduction to Producing and Directing

Film. Focus on cinema. Before making a great documentary, journalists and filmmakers need to grasp the basics. Documentary producing and directing by filmmakers requires a nuanced sense of their rights and obligations. How best to get the most out of pre-production and shoot in order to maximise the creative outcomes for a film. During the course, you will develop professional standards whilst making you own documentary. You will produce and direct your own documentary film (five... [More]
Back to Top
Documentary Course: Introduction to Producing and Directing

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Film”}</p><p>Before making a great documentary, journalists and filmmakers need to grasp the basics. Documentary producing and directing by filmmakers requires a

...

Great Composers Course: Beethoven

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. For two hundred years, Beethoven’s music has spoken to us and moved us in ways no previous composer had ever achieved. Born at a pivotal point in European social and musical history, Beethoven took the conventions of the Classical Period and moulded them into the beginnings of Romanticism in music. This music appreciation will tell the tragic and inspiring story of Beethoven’s life, richly illustrated with portraits, readings, and the music of this... [More]
Back to Top
Great Composers Course: Beethoven

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Music”}</p><p>For two hundred years, Beethoven’s music has spoken to us and moved us in ways no previous composer had ever achieved. Born at a pivotal point in

...

Music Appreciation Course: Eight Great Composers

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. What makes a composer ‘great’? Why does the work of some composers still resonate, delighting contemporary audiences? In this music appreciation course, we will examine biographical details, the historical and social backgrounds, musical styles and great works of eight composers. These include Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and Ravel. Aims This course aims to enhance your understanding and appreciation of classical... [More]
Back to Top
Music Appreciation Course: Eight Great Composers

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Music”}</p><p>What makes a composer ‘great’? Why does the work of some composers still resonate, delighting contemporary audiences?</p><p>In this music appreciation

...

Great Composers Course: Mozart

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote over six hundred works, including some of the most-loved pieces in the classical repertoire. These include the Clarinet Concerto, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, The Marriage of Figaro, the Requiem, and many others. Mozart’s life is a fascinating tale, from his beginnings as a true child prodigy, through to career challenges and triumphs, and fame and (sometimes) fortune. In this music appreciation course, we will examine the... [More]
Back to Top
Great Composers Course: Mozart

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Music”}</p><p>Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote over six hundred works, including some of the most-loved pieces in the classical repertoire. These include the <em>Clarinet

...

Music Appreciation Course: Another Eight Great Composers

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Why does history remember some composers and not others? What is it about the music of some composers that continues to appeal to us? In this music appreciation course, we will examine the biographical details, historical and social backgrounds, musical styles and great works of composers. Composers include Handel, Haydn, Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Puccini, Vaughan Williams and George Gershwin – eight more of the greatest composers of classical... [More]
Back to Top
Music Appreciation Course: Another Eight Great Composers

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Music”}</p><p>Why does history remember some composers and not others? What is it about the music of some composers that continues to appeal to us?</p><p>In this music

...

Exploring Music Course: The Piano

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. This music appreciation course explores the repertoire and development of the piano, considering its forerunners in the organ and the harpsichord, through technological advances to the instrument we know and love today. Some of the most famous classical music of all time has been written for the piano. Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca, Debussy’s Claire de Lune, Chopin’s Nocturnes, Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies, Satie’s Gymnopedies, and Beethoven’s Moonlight... [More]
Back to Top
Exploring Music Course: The Piano

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Music”}</p><p>This music appreciation course explores the repertoire and development of the piano, considering its forerunners in the organ and the harpsichord,

...

Music Appreciation Course: A History of Classical Music

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. How do the great composers fit into history? How are they influenced by their times, and how do they influence those who come afterwards? This music appreciation course explores the history of Western music, from medieval times to the 21st century, by linking musical examples to the arts and society of their times. Whether you are a long-term listener or a classical beginner, this course will provide a framework for understanding the music you love.... [More]
Back to Top
Music Appreciation Course: A History of Classical Music

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Music”}</p><p>How do the great composers fit into history? How are they influenced by their times, and how do they influence those who come afterwards?</p><p>This

...