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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: Classical Genres

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. 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. The most common types of classical music will be explored, including symphony, concerto, sonata, suite, opera and oratorio. Each week will begin with a simple definition of... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: Classical Genres

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Exploring Music Course: Choral Music

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. 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. This course provides a guide to understanding and enjoying Western choral music, with a look at its history and its most common forms, including the Mass, the Requiem, the oratorio and the cantata. For beginners and experienced... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: Choral Music

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Music Appreciation Course: The Orchestra

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. The sound of a great symphony orchestra in full flight is one of the most thrilling sounds in all of western classical music. Your enjoyment of classical music can be enriched by deepening your knowledge and of the instruments of the orchestra. This course will guide you through an exploration of each of the instruments of the orchestra, discovering their characteristics and personality, and the sounds they can achieve. We will also explore the... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: The Orchestra

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Great Composers Course: The Life and Music of Chopin

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Chopin’s music has delighted music lovers for nearly two centuries. Perhaps no other composer is so closely associated with the piano, newly finding its voice in Chopin’s time. His too-short life had its own drama and turmoil, with his exile from Poland, his battle with illness, and his relationship with French authoress George Sand. This one-day music course explores the life and music of Chopin. We will explore what makes his music so special, so... [More]
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Great Composers Course: The Life and Music of Chopin

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Music Appreciation Course: Opera

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. 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 will explore the history, forms and structures of opera, considering the work of composers such as Mozart, Wagner, Verdi and Puccini, and listening to performances by some of the great singers. No prior musical knowledge is necessary. Outcomes By the... [More]
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Music Appreciation Course: Opera

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Great Composers Course: The Genius of Bach

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. As the composer of some of the most famous works of the classical repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach has influenced perhaps more composers than any other figure in classical music. Yet he lived a quiet life, surrounded by the family he loved, and little-known in greater musical circles. During this course, we will examines Bach’s life and music, illustrated by portraits, readings from his letters, and examples of his music. Outcomes By the end of... [More]
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Great Composers Course: The Genius of Bach

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Music Appreciation Course: How Music Works

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. 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 demystifies the inner workings of music. No musical knowledge is necessary. Outcomes By the end of this... [More]
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Music in Paris Course: 1834-1842

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. This music appreciation course delves into an in-depth study of classical music in Paris in the nineteenth century. During this new course, Paris consolidates its position as the most important and exciting musical city in Europe, far outstripping the more provincial capitals of Vienna and Berlin. This course is a continuation of a previous course in 19th Century Parisian music. Participants do not need to have attended Music in Paris: 1821-1836 in... [More]
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Music in Paris Course: 1841-1851

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. This course continues an in-depth study of classical music in Paris in the nineteenth century that began with the previous two courses. During this new course, Paris continues its reign as the most brilliant and exciting musical city in Europe, though Leipzig, Dresden and Berlin begin to challenge its supremacy.. Participants do not need to have attended Music in Paris: 1821-1836 and Music in Paris: 1834-1842 in order to attend this course. Aims... [More]
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Music of North America Course

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. Being a ‘new’ nation with some similarities to Australia, North Americans sought to define their identity through the establishment of musical traditions. This course covers the development of American music from the 1830s to recent times, and touches on the development of Jazz, musicals on Broadway, and music for Film. Beginning with Stephen Collins Foster and the minstrel shows, we will chart the direction of both popular styles (John Philip... [More]
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