Author Archives: Naomi Barker

Free OpenLearn course on the Blues

Discovering music: the blues is now live! This free course offers students a taster of material featured in the new level 1 module A111: Discovering the arts and humanities. Blues music has had a significant influence on popular music and … Continue reading

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Crossing boundaries: music for the new level 1

This week Naomi Barker interviewed award-winning South African composer and pianist Rashid Lanie about his work as a pianist, song writer and film music composer. The recording will be a resource for our new level 1 module A111 ‘Discovering the … Continue reading

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ConductIT is launched

This week saw the launch of ConductIT – an EU funded project to build an open access MOOC on conducting. As an ERASMUS+ strategic partnership, ConductIT will develop an innovative online and distance-learning approach to teaching a subject that is fundamentally … Continue reading

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The OU music department is delighted to be part of an ERASMUS+ strategic partnership that has been successful in bidding for funding in order to create an online conducting course and associated new technologies. Led by University of Stavanger along … Continue reading

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Naomi Barker Gives Invited Lecture on Distance Education in Music at Conference in Milan

Last week Naomi Barker was invited to Milan to give a paper on at a conference on distance learning in music education. She presented a paper on learning music theory at a distance, using A224 and the OU music MOOC as … Continue reading

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A224 Inside music

Students completing a multi-disciplinary level 1 module often comment on how they have studied topics and subject areas that they would never normally have encountered and want to learn more about them. Music is one subject area that can inform … Continue reading

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Medicine, music, madness and melancholy: from cause to cure

On 22 July I will be taking part in an interdisciplinary one-day symposium on the topic of Medicine, music, madness and melancholy: from cause to cure at Goldsmiths, University of London. This event will bring together historians of medicine, musicologists … Continue reading

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Successful funding bid

Lecturer Naomi Barker has been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant and a Music and Letters Research Grant for her project on music at the Ospedale di Santo Spirito in Rome in the early seventeenth century. The Ospedale di … Continue reading

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Turning points: Vivaldi

As part of the OU music department’s partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, Naomi Barker will be presenting a pre-concert study evening at King’s Place on Thursday 2nd February, 6.30-8.30pm. This event is part of the … Continue reading

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March Academic of the month: Naomi Barker

I volunteered to be Academic of the month for March as I have been involved in some activities rather different from my usual routine, and that present some exciting opportunities for the future. Our MOOC https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/musical-scores, started its second presentation at … Continue reading

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