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Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate.

Music courses at the Centre for Continuing Education are designed for music lovers wanting to gain a greater appreciation of their favourite music styles. From baroque to Beethoven, from impressionism to opera, there’s bound to be subjects in our range to interest you.

Backed by the University of Sydney, all our educators are experts in their fields. Get a fuller appreciation and knowledge of your favourite types of music in fun, interactive classes. You’ll also have the chance to meet other like-minded music fans in a relaxed and friendly environment.

If you’d like to take a closer look at the music you love, then music courses at the Centre for Continuing Education are for you. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney.

Music Appreciation Course: How Music Works

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. Why are some piano keys white and some black? What does ‘A major’ actually mean? What is harmony, and how does it work? How do you read music? The answers to these questions hold the key to a deeper and more rewarding understanding of music. Designed for absolute beginners, and taught in a practical and down-to-earth way, this course explores and... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: Choral Music

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. From Handel’s Messiah to Orff’s Carmina Burana, choral music has always thrilled and inspired us. We use choirs for important occasions, for celebrations and mourning, and when we want to speak together with one voice.   Aims This course provides a guide to understanding and enjoying Western choral music, with a look at its history and its most common... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: Choral Music
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Exploring Music Course: The Orchestra

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. The sound of a great symphony orchestra in full flight is one of the most thrilling sounds in all of western classical music. So many different sounds from such a range of instruments, all working together, sometimes standing out in their individuality, sometimes blending together in one enormous force: this is one of the great joys of classical... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: The Orchestra
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Music Appreciation Course: Classical Genres

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. Ever wondered what a symphony actually is? Can’t tell a suite from a sonata? Love going to concerts, but not sure what to listen for? This course is designed for classical music beginners and long-term listeners who want to know how to better understand the music they listen to. Aims The most common types of classical music will be explored, including... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: Classical Genres
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Exploring Music Course: Chamber Music

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. Chamber music is one of the most intimate forms of classical music. It combines the wealth and richness of classical music structures with the intimacy of being able to see each performer, and hear what each one is playing. Aims This music appreciation course explores the structures and development of chamber music, and the great composers who... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: Chamber Music
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Music Course in Beethoven's Time Part IV: Immortal Beloved (1807-1812)

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. Music in Beethoven’s Time seeks to present Beethoven’s life and music in a rich historical and musical context. In Part IV, Beethoven is at the height of his powers, producing a string of masterpieces – including the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies and the Fifth Piano Concerto – over a comparatively short period of time. Still in his late thirties as the... [More]
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Music Course: Music in Beethoven's Time Part V: Beethoven and the Congress of Vienna 1812-1815

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. Music in Beethoven’s Time seeks to present Beethoven’s life and music in a rich historical and musical context. As we begin Part V, Europe enters the final stages of the Napoleonic conflict, with Bonaparte suffering major defeats in Russia and at the ‘Battle of Nations’, and Wellington defeating the French decisively in Spain. In Vienna, Beethoven’s... [More]
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Music Course: Music in Beethoven's Time Part VI: Beethoven and Schubert 1815-1820

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. This music course, focused on Music in Beethoven’s Time, seeks to present Beethoven’s life and music in a rich historical and musical context. In this Music in Beethoven’s Time course Part VI, the Napoleonic Wars finally come to an end with the Battle of Waterloo and Europe attempts to return to the ‘status quo ante bellum’. In ‘Biedermeier’ Vienna,... [More]
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Music Course in Beethoven's Time Part VII: Composing for Posterity (1820-1824)

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. 'Music in Beethoven’s Time' seeks to present Beethoven’s life and music in a rich historical and musical context. As we begin the penultimate section of this course, Beethoven enters the final stage of his epic struggle to gain control of the fortunes of his beloved nephew. He is also now profoundly deaf, and although composing fewer works, what he... [More]
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Great Composers Course: Handel

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. “Handel is the greatest, ablest composer that ever lived.” So said Beethoven of the composer best loved for his choral music, particularly Messiah. We have also loved his instrumental music, including the Water Music and the Music for the Royal Fireworks. Handel himself was a shrewd businessman, a kind and generous benefactor, and a truly great... [More]
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