Carnegie Hall MOOC Will Teach You How to Listen to Orchestras (Free)

In advance of its May 2013 concert series, Carnegie Hall has created a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that will teach students how to listen to orchestras. The course, S4MU — short for Spring 4 Music University – is premised on the idea that “listening is an art itself,” and that you won’t overcome a tin ear by studying music theory alone. Starting on April 1, the four-week course will be taught by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor Marin Alsop; ArtsJournal editor Douglas McLennan (seen above); composer Jennifer Higdon; vocalist Storm Large; and conductor Leonard Slatkin. Like all other MOOCs, the course is free. You can reserve your spot in the class right here.

Spring 4 Music University has been added to our complete list of MOOCs, where you will find 45 courses starting in April.

Thanks goes to Maxine for the heads up on this new offering.

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  1. Fred says . . . | March 20, 2013 / 10:40 am

    I went to something similar when Davis Hall was opened in SF. Didn’t really understand how listening to music could be so involved, but it was interesting.

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