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Music

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 in Paris Course: 1852-1863

Music. Learn, enjoy, appreciate. This ongoing course enters the central decade of the nineteenth century, where we’ll explore the radical changes that Parisian music underwent during the exuberant but frivolous period of the Second French Empire. New theatres emerged, featuring the new and excitingly lighter music of Offenbach, Gounod and Bizet, whilst the older guard which was represented by Meyerbeer and Berlioz became increasingly sidelined. We will examine the impact of Paris’s... [More]
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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: 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: 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 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: 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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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 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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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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