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Composition and Improvisation in Cross-Cultural Perspective
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Improvisation and composition are words frequently used in the western world to describe the creation of music. But are they really two distinct processes, or are they aspects of the same phenomenon? In this unit we will explore the relationships between the two using examples of Asian music to help us clarify the concepts.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
World Cultures
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The Open University
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Date Added:
09/10/2020
Creating Musical Sounds
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How do different instruments produce the sounds we classify as music? How do we decide whether something - a piano, a vacuum cleaner - is actually a musical instrument? In this unit we investigate the way vibrations and sound waves are harnessed to create music.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Physics
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
06/19/2019
Dance Skills
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Dance communicates ideas through movement and is an expressive art form. Students need to learn how to use their body in a safe and healthy way, whilst developing a wide-ranging movement vocabulary. The use of different dance techniques can be an effective way of building vocabulary and developing different kinds of skills and abilities. Technical dance skills can form the foundation on which to develop and enhance each individual's performance. As dance teachers, we may have a range of skills, but it isn't always possible to possess expertise in every type of dance style and technique. Having the knowledge and experience to teach African Dance forms, Jazz Dance or Hip Hop to students is a great way of introducing them to a variety of styles and can be a rich and rewarding process. However, many teachers in schools and colleges work within a Contemporary Dance style because it will have been the basis of their education and training; it is also the point of reference for this unit.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
06/19/2019
Earth's Physical Resources: Petroleum
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The discovery of of the world's first major underground oilfield in Pennsylvania, USA in 1859 sparked the continuing era of the world's reliance on cheap energy from oil and gas. This unit begins by examining the geological characteristics of petroleum and the key ingredients necessary to form oil and gas accumulations. Then there is a brief description of industrial operations during the life cycle of an oilfield, starting with subsurface analysis and exploration drilling. The unit also highlights the role of safety and environmental management as an integral part of the petroleum business and concludes with a short review of global resources and non-conventional petroleum.

Subject:
Geology
Geoscience
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Author:
The Open University
Date Added:
06/17/2020
Exploring a Romano-african City: Thugga
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From Rome to Pompeii and Ephesus the excavation of Roman remains is well known, but what of Roman remains in Africa? This unit looks at the Roman city of Thugga and examines the influence that Roman architecture and art had on Africa and its people.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
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The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
10/26/2021
Tay Bridge Disaster
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The sudden collapse of Scotland's Tay Bridge in 1879 killed more than 70 rail passengers and shocked the population. An extensive inquiry was carried out, including numerous witnesses, experts and reports. Were the high winds that night to blame, or were

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Material Type:
Reading
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Provider:
The Open University
Provider Set:
Open University OpenLearn
Date Added:
07/31/2008
Virtual Microscope for Earth Sciences
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Using the virtual microscope, students will zoom, pan, and rotate specimens in variable light conditions, helping to develop their classification and identification skills without need for high cost microscopes and thin section preparation facilities. The virtual microscope may be used as a complete collection or reused and repurposed individually, since each specimen will have a unique URL. The intention is to engage and excite students in Earth science using rocks of the British Isles held in key collections, and aid teaching of mineral and rock identification skills in HE institutions and schools. We plan to explore continued expansion of the initial collection by offering a digitisation service to HE institutions and industry.

Subject:
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
The Open University
Author:
Andy Tindle
Simon Kelley
Date Added:
06/17/2020