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

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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]
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Great Composers Course: Beethoven

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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]
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Music Appreciation Course: Eight Great Composers

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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]
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Great Composers Course: Mozart

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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]
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Music Appreciation Course: Another Eight Great Composers

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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]
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Exploring Music Course: The Piano

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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]
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Music Appreciation Course: A History of Classical Music

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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: Chamber Music

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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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