1M08 How to Listen to and Understand Great Music

Tutor/Facilitator Fiona Williams

Date: on/from Mon 13 May 2024 to Mon 28 Oct 2024
Frequency: Weekly
Class time: 9:45-11:45

Delivered ZOOM

Other information

This course consists of 48 videos (50 minutes each) shown over 24 weeks (2 videos per session). The presenter is Professor Robert Greenberg, a well-known American composer and music historian, and a very energetic and enthusiastic presenter!
In this course Professor Greenberg details the powerful influence of social context on musical creation. “The Greenberg series combines a history of Western civilization with a history of great music from ancient Greece to the 20th century. Greenberg’s 48 lectures come alive with passion and knowledge. The course illustrates the interplay between societal change and innovation and offers a unique perspective on the acceleration of change wrought by the 20th century.”

Professor Greenberg’s lectures show how musical creativity has provided, throughout the history of our civilization, a vibrant means of expression for grand spiritual, intellectual, political, social, and economic forces. Whether it’s the profound influence of Lutheran spirituality on Bach or the effect of the French Revolution on Beethoven (to give just two examples), we will see how such forces have swirled through the lives of music’s creators and listeners in various historical epochs.

TUTOR: Fiona Williams comes from a musical family and inherited the genes for an interest in music but not the genes for musical talent! Despite this, Fiona continues to enjoy playing the piano and trying to learn about musical structure. Fiona is new to U3A Port Phillip, but is a long-time member of U3A Williamstown where she was until recently the Secretary.

How to Enrol

On-line: after bookings have opened

On-line enrolments are preferred as this significantly reduces the amount of back-office work for our volunteers.

  • Login to the U3APP.org.au website.
  • Go to the Courses & Enrolling page.
  • Scroll down to find the course that you are interested in.
  • Does the course have spaces available?
    • Click on the course name to go to the booking page.
    • Click on “Book for this course or event”.
    • You will receive a confirmation email.  Please check your Junk/Spam folders as these automatically-generated emails often finish up there.
  • OR is the course shown as FULL?
    • Click on WAITLIST.

Paper Enrolment Form: before bookings open for First Semester

  • Obtain a paper Enrolment Form either from the Office or by printing an online copy available here.
  • Complete the paper Enrolment Form and submit it to the Office.

The start date for acceptance of paper Enrolment Forms for first semester is published on the U3APP website and in the e-Bulletin. Enrolment Forms received before this date are treated as though they had been received on the start date (ie there is no advantage to be gained by submitting early). On the start date and thereafter, paper Enrolment Forms are numbered in order of receipt.  Paper Enrolment forms are processed by U3APP volunteers on the same day as on-line bookings.

If your enrolment is successful, you will receive a confirmation email.  Please check your Junk/Spam folders as these automatically-generated emails often finish up there.

If your enrolment is unsuccessful,  you will receive an email telling you that you have been waitlisted.

Via the Office: after bookings have opened

  • Contact the office in person, or by email or phone.