FutureLearn: From Notation to Performance: Understanding Musical Scores

 with  Catherine Tackley
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Would you like to know more about what musicians do in rehearsal and performance? Are you keen to learn different techniques for listening to and understanding music?

This online course will help you understand a musical score, what musicians do with the notation they contain, and how the notation you see is connected with the music you hear – from a short melody to a full orchestral score.

Focusing on Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Mahler, we’ll introduce you to a pianist, small chamber group and conductor who will explain how they create memorable performances from the notes on the page.

This course is intended for anyone with an interest in music. You do not need to be able to read musical notation or play an instrument.

3 Student
Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Upcoming
Subject Music
Institution The Open University
Provider FutureLearn
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Hours 3 hours a week
Calendar 4 weeks long

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3 reviews for FutureLearn's From Notation to Performance: Understanding Musical Scores

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2 years ago
Pam Gould completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
Even if you think a quaver is a crispy cheesy snack that comes in crackly packets, you can learn to find your way round even an orchestral score. It takes a bit of practice, but it turns out to be quite easy! Lots of interesting interviews and performances, too. And there's not one mention that a quaver is also a musical note!
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Joanne Cordaro completed this course.
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