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Music, film and television

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Learn music, film and television the smart way with Music, film and television courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

Music Appreciation Course: How Do We Listen to Music?

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. In order to develop our listening skills to their fullest potential, it is necessary to think deeply about listening and our past experiences of music. A full understanding of the range of listening modes requires assessment of a wide variety of musical genres, and an understanding of ‘purpose’ that underlies every composition. Aims This course aims to provide a thorough survey of how we listen to music, supported by numerous examples from the... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: Chamber Music

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. 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. This music appreciation course explores the structures and development of chamber music and the great composers who contributed to it including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. We will listen to some of the great pieces of... [More]
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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: The Classical Period

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. 18th century composers believed that music should be understood and appreciated by all, regardless of class or education. It’s little wonder then that the music of this period, composed by such greats as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, is so popular. This day examines the music of the classical period, its structures and forms, its historical and social context, and its principal composers. This course is the second of a series of four one-day music... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: Understanding the Concerto

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. What is a concerto? Since the 17th century, the concerto has been one of the most popular genres of classical music, combining the virtuosity of a soloist with the glorious power of an orchestra. Learning more about concertos can enrich and deepen your enjoyment of some very exciting and beautiful music. This music course aims to enhance your understanding and appreciation of great concertos, by guiding you through the structure and experience of... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: The Romantic Period

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. “Who can do anything after Beethoven?” Composers in nineteenth century Europe had a daunting predecessor, but the music they wrote is some of the most beautiful and dramatic of all classical music. Examining the music of the Romantic period in its historical and social context, we look at the works of composers such as Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. This course is the third of a series of four... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: The Impressionist Period

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. The period from around 1880 to 1920, sometimes described as Impressionism, elicited some of the most beautiful and bewitching compositions of western music history. Composers such as Sibelius, Elgar, Mahler, Debussy and Ravel gave the world exotic and rich new sounds, in the last moments before many composers abandoned ‘normal’ music and went atonal. This study day examines the music of this period in its historical and social context. This course... [More]
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Film School: Movie Production Course

Film. Focus on cinema. It starts with an idea, and before too long you’re standing at the back of a theatre watching an audience cry, laugh, or hide their eyes at something YOU made. It’s magic. This filmmaking course will explain what’s ‘behind the curtain’. How movies are put together. You will learn about great movie ideas, their development, the process of hiring actors and crew, filming, post-production, legals, promotion, and sales and distribution. Aims This course is aimed... [More]
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Exploring Music Course: The Symphony Orchestra

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. The sound of a symphony orchestra in full flight is one of the most thrilling sounds in all of Western classical music. This music course explores the instruments of the orchestra and the variety of sounds they can achieve, and examines the growth and development of the symphony orchestra. It also explores the kind of music written for the orchestra, by examining some of the greatest composers and compositions of all time. Outcomes By the end of... [More]
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David Stratton Film Course: The Films of James Stewart

Film. Focus on cinema. David Stratton David Stratton was the director of the Sydney Film Festival from 1966-1983. He contributes film reviews to The Australian, and is the author of two books on Australian cinema: The Last New Wave and The Avocado Plantation. From 1981-2004 he presented films on SBS Television and was, with Margaret Pomeranz, co-host of The Movie Show from 1986-2004. In July 2004, Margaret and David moved to ABC television with their show, At The Movies, which... [More]
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