Find out how musicians turn the notation of a musical score into a memorable performance. Change how you listen to music.
Understand musical scores and how musicians use notation
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.
Focussing 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.
What topics will you cover?
- Week 1 - Understanding the principles of musical scores.
- Week 2 - Pianists and piano scores.
- Week 3 - Musical collaboration and the role of the score.
- Week 4 - Understanding orchestral scores.
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Develop and understand the reasons for different musical notations.
- Apply and understand the relationship between notation and performance.
- Demonstrate how to navigate printed music.
- Engage and listen to a simple musical example alongside its notation.
Who is the course for?
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.
Who will you learn with?
Lecturer in music at the Open University. Flautist, researcher in late 16th and 17th-century instrumental music and early modern enthusiast. @naomibarker3
Who developed the course?
The Open University
The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.
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