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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.

Great Composers Course: Puccini

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Tosca – Puccini’s operas are performed more often than any other composer’s, and loved by millions of listeners worldwide. As well as opera, Puccini loved women, shooting, fishing, and sports cars, and lived a life that occasionally matched the drama and scandal of his opera plots. Aims This music appreciation... [More]
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Great Composers Course: Puccini
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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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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: What is it about Mahler?

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. This course aims to introduce you to the world of Mahler, his life and music, and to help you to understand what he was trying to achieve, and what makes his music so wonderful. What is it about Mahler’s music that attracts deep devotion in some, and general bewilderment in others? Mahler’s rich and inspiring music has moved the emotions of millions... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: Another Eight Great Composers

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. This music course aims to enhance your understanding and appreciation of classical music, by introducing you to the lives and music of some more of the greatest composers of all time: who they were, what they were trying to achieve, and what makes their music so wonderful. What makes a composer ‘great’? Why does the work of some composers still... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: Opera

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Appreciate and learn about music the smart way with Music courses at CCE, The University of Sydney. This opera course provides a guide to the appreciation and enjoyment of opera for the beginner, as well as a deeper exploration of the history and elements of opera for the more experienced listener. We explore the history, forms and structures of opera, considering the work of composers such as Mozart, Wagner, Verdi and Puccini, and listening to... [More]
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