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The Evolution of Music - Online Live

Day of week:
Real time Online
Level 1
19:00 - 20:00
8 weeks

This course is delivered online.
This course aims to expand a learner's knowledge of the distinct periods of music ranging from early music to present day. We will examine the different compositional and instrumental traits of each period of music, involving both classical and contemporary music.

By the end of this course you should be able to:
• Determine a rough time period for the composition of a given piece
• Compose your own music using traits and ideas from different periods of music throughout history
• Discuss with confidence the way in which each musical period was influenced by the previous, and the cultural and musical developments that shaped the evolution of music throughout history.

To benefit fully from this course, students are advised to practice the exercises and pieces in their own time.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: James Rowdon

James Rowdon was born in Dorset and studied both jazz and classical styles of guitar. He obtained a degree in contemporary music from Canterbury Christ Church University and takes great pride in seeing his students succeed on the guitar. James performs frequently throughout South East Kent in jazz and afrobeat ensembles, as well as performing solo classical guitar at local events.

View all courses taught by James Rowdon here

How will I be taught?

Students will be taught both as a group and one to one. The tutor will give detailed instructions and demonstrations.

To benefit fully from this course, students are advised to explore the handouts and listening exercises in their own time.
Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstrations, one to one guidance, group discussions and critiques. You will keep a notebook and update an individual learning plan (ILP) to record goals, ideas, processes and progress.

The course will be taught using the online platform Microsoft Teams. Within Microsoft Teams we will meet weekly for a seminar to discuss and explain the topics or concepts for the week. There will also be accompanying documents available each week to read and practice with. There will also be scope for learners to message the tutor outside of lessons to ask questions, and also the facility to upload your own audio or written files for feedback.

What do I need to have with me?

Students should have a working setup at home for online learning.

This includes a computer or tablet with an internet connection, a working microphone and ideally a camera. Headphones are also recommended.

For each lesson the relevant documents will be sent in advance and it will be useful to have these printed before the lesson for easy reference. A pen and paper/notepad will often be needed to mark your documents or to make notes. Access to your instrument (if applicable) is recommended, but not necessary.

What can I do next?

Students can progress to higher grade levels if required. Enrol early as places cannot be guaranteed.

What do I need to join the course

Everyone is welcome to join this course. This course is delivered online.

You will need a keen interest in music ranging from classical to contemporary. You do not need to be able to play an instrument to take part in this course, but some of the compositional techniques we look at will be more easily understood if you have a basic understanding of music theory. The course will involve a lot of discussion and listening to music, so a good pair of headphones are advised.

You can access the class from your computer equipped with a camera and a microphone, from a laptop (where the camera and microphone should be built-in), a tablet or a smartphone. Before each lesson, the tutor may send you by email essential lesson information/handouts for you to consult in advance, and before the class starts, the tutor will have sent you by email an invitation to join, which will be a simple weblink to click. The system is free and easy to use. Should you have questions about the required equipment, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or by email. Instructions are also available on our website

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Instructions will be sent to you by your tutor

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 40 25* and quote the Course Code FOL/95466/J/NC.

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