Author Archives: Catherine Tackley

New free course – From Notation to Performance: Understanding Musical Scores

Naomi Barker and Catherine Tackley have been working on a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for the Futurelearn platform, which provides free learning content from more than 50 Universities and Institutions, including the OU.  ‘From Notation to Performance: Understanding … Continue reading

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Call for papers: ‘The Hidden Musicians revisited’ conference at the Open University

We are delighted to announce that the Department will be holding a conference on the Milton Keynes campus next year. Here are the details. The Hidden Musicians revisited – a conference organised by the Music Department at The Open University 11th-12th … Continue reading

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International Jazz Day 2015

It’s UNESCO International Jazz Day today, and Catherine Tackley has been reflecting on the event in an article for OpenLearn. William Patrick Roberts (1895-1980) The Dance Club, or The Jazz Party, 1923 (via Bridgeman Education)

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Donald Burrows appointed Emeritus Professor

Earlier in the year the Department gathered to celebrate Professor Donald Burrows‘ long and distinguished career at The Open University. Although his official retirement date was the end of January, in his new role as Emeritus Professor Donald has of course … Continue reading

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Songwriting Workshop and Concert

This year, for the first time, the Music Department is holding a study day on songwriting, which is a focus within the level 2 module A224: Inside music. The event will consist of workshops on songs written by past A224 … Continue reading

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OU Music highly rated in Research Excellence Framework 2014

The quality of research produced by OU Music researchers was recognised through the Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, the results of which were published earlier in December. Not only was the Music submission ranked highest of all those put forward by the … Continue reading

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Len Goodman’s Big Band Bonanza!

Catherine Tackley was featured on Len Goodman’s Big Band Bonanza, which was screened on BBC Four just before Christmas and isavailable on BBC iplayer  for the next 3 weeks. The programme charts the rise and fall of the British big band. … Continue reading

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Music Department Plans

The Music Department’s central academic staff recently held an event to discuss our plans for the future. Topics under consideration included curriculum, learning and teaching, the student experience and research and impact. We also shared our individual ongoing research interests … Continue reading

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Music Department Research Day, Friday 3 October, Music Research Studio

10:30 Coffee 11:00 Rachel Beale – ‘Reflections on musicianship in action in Truro, Cornwall’ 11:30 Nick Logie – ‘Perceptions of gender in conducting’ 12:00 Ben Winters – ‘‘Venedig in Wien’? Korngold’s Violanta and the Masking of Identities’ 12:30-1:15 LUNCH 1:15 … Continue reading

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New Book on Black British Jazz

Black British Jazz: Routes, Ownership and Performance edited by Jason Toynbee (OU Sociology), Catherine Tackley (OU Music) and Mark Doffman (a former OU PhD student now at the University of Oxford) will be published on 8 September. The volume was … Continue reading

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