Both the Curtis Institute of Music and University of North Carolina-Greensboro have recently announced plans for online music courses. At Curtis, pianist Jonathan Biss’s free, online course on Beethoven’s piano sonatas, launched earlier this year, will return on September 3, the first day of classes at Curtis. To date, more than 15,000 people have enrolled in the course, “Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas,” which does not require previous education in music history or performance. In October, Curtis will launch a second online course, “From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance,” taught by Jonathan Coopersmith, chair of musical studies at Curtis. At UNC-Greensboro, the graduate music department will offer four online courses—two in fall 2013 and two in spring 2014—open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree in any area of music from an accredited college or university. The four courses are “Creative Thinking in Music,” taught by Peter R. Webster, Ph.D.; “Music Administration” (John J. Deal, Ph.D.); “Choral Practice Around the World” (Mary Goetze, Ph.D.); and “Music and the Brain” (Donald Hodges, Ph.D.). The enrollment deadline for the fall 2013 courses is August 1. Students who successfully complete the Curtis class receive a statement of accomplishment; at UNC-Greensboro, earned course credits can be applied toward postgraduate degree programs in music.

Posted June 13, 2013