Author Archives: Catherine Tackley

2. Music is everywhere

Music is everywhere – in our modules you’ll discover how music works and explore what music means and what it does. Music is all around us, all of the time. It isn’t just something which happens in designated spaces like … Continue reading

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1. Music is for everyone

Music is for everyone – you can start studying music with us from scratch. You can begin by looking at our free taster materials on OpenLearn, or sign up for the next presentation of our MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) – From … Continue reading

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10 Reasons to Study Music at the Open University

We’re running a series of short blogs outlining reasons to study music with us. Read these as they come in at or by following the #10reasonsOUMusic hashtag on Twitter. We provide a wide range of opportunities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, … Continue reading

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‘Story of Swing’ at the Proms

Catherine Tackley is on the panel for a free ‘Proms Extra’ event taking place at the Royal College of Music ahead of the ‘Story of Swing’ Prom on 11th August (5:45pm). The discussion will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 during the interval.

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Shanty and Sea Song Symposium, Aland Islands, Friday 3 July 2015

Following on from the successful ‘Atlantic Sounds: Ships and Sailortowns’ research networking project, funded by the AHRC in 2012-2014, principal investigator Catherine Tackley has been working with Hanna Hagmark-Cooper, director of the Aland Maritime Museum to present a symposium alongside the … Continue reading

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‘Dear Green Sounds: Glasgow’s Music Through Time and Buildings’

Elaine Moohan‘s chapter ‘‘Glasgow Cathedral before the Reformation: the auspicious choir of Glasgow’ has been published in Dear Green Sounds: Glasgow’s Music Through Time and Buildings edited by Kate Molleson and commissioned by Glasgow UNESCO City of Music.  Glasgow has always been … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes: filming for our MOOC

Recently Naomi Barker and Catherine Tackley spent the day at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester filming content for the Department’s Futurelearn Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) From notation to performance: Understanding musical scores. In the first of a … Continue reading

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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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