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Music: Beyond the Classroom

Did you know that music making is part of what makes humans human? Every culture makes music. Not only that, music is the only truly international language. Music notation is used by every developed country so if you can read music you can sit down with any musician from any country and play music together.

Most people are affected by music, whether it is relaxing after a busy day, enjoying a night out, or celebrating a significant event (think about singing Happy Birthday or a Christmas song: the emotions and memories that you experience are far more powerful than if you just said the words).

Music pervades all aspects of our lives and the music industry, in all its forms, employs a significant number of people in the UK, making major contribution to our economy.


  • Music, A Very Short Introduction by Nicholas Cook
  • The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard by Leonard Bernstein
  • This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin
  • The rest is noise by Alex Ross
  • How Music Works by David Bryne
  • BBC Music Magazine Write
  • Programme notes
  • Concert reviews
  • Compositions, both in your own style and in the style of famous composers


  • Find a suitable teacher to train you in the instrument of your choice
  • Join and perform with local musical groups, orchestras & choirs Listen Listen to as much music as possible, live or recorded. Be as eclectic in your listening as possible: classical, pop, rock, world music. Try something new.



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