Music notes


Appreciate music on a deeper level!

Music is everywhere: we hear it when we're driving, shopping, dining in a restaurant or watching TV. Music is a part of life. But just under the surface of your favourite song, there's a wealth of technique and story. The music appreciation courses offered through Continuing Studies at UVic can help you delve deeper into the world of music, to uncover the vibrant world of sound.

In our music courses, you can: 

  • learn to sing (by yourself or as part of a choir)
  • learn to read music
  • explore different musical genres for your own enjoyment, from classical and opera to jazz and heavy metal

Learn to appreciate music on a deeper level.


Strumming your own Melody of Success

Building a relaxed musical community is a priority for music instructor Patrick Walters. As his students shuffle into class, he plays live music to loosen people up. It's not just about the guitar, it's about making a deeper relationship with music in an active way, Patrick adds.

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Being fearless: fulfilling an appetite for learning

Don't give up if it's in your heart. It's exciting what can happen when you just try, advises Continuing Studies alumna Janis Dunning. She believes that there is no expiration date to learn something new.

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Our musical minds

Few things stimulate the brain as much as music does. Whether playing an instrument or simply listening to a favourite song, music activates many different parts of the brain.

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Get Creative: Five ways to tap into your creativity

There are several well-known health benefits to engaging in creative endeavors, but sometimes actually getting into a right headspace is easier said than done. So what are some things you can do to get those creative juices flowing?

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How arts benefits us all, as humans

From the earliest markings upon cave walls, to the rhythmic beating of drums, cultural dance or even the creation of written language, people have been driven to express themselves through art since the earliest days of our species.

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Journeying together

with instructor Mary Byrne   By Therese Eley, Marketing Services Mary Byrne was at home with her four month old son when she got a phone call from Continuing Studies at UVic asking if she would be interested in teaching a course on

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In Remembrance: Nan Walmsley

We are sad to announce the passing of one of our most committed students, Nan Walmsley. Nan passed away peacefully at home, Sept. 13, surrounded by her family. She lived 97 fulfilling years.

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Singing to Fight the Stigma and Social Isolation of Dementia

Taking a look at how participation in an intergenerational choir might foster social engagement and caregiver well-being, improve quality of life for persons with dementia, and reduce some of the stigma surrounding memory loss.

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Playing with passion

"My wife thought I was nuts!" laughs instructor Jan Randall, as he recalls all the research and work he put into preparing for the first course he taught with Continuing Studies three years ago. "But it was stuff I was really interested in and I didn’t even really care if people actually signed up for it or not." 

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Tyler Reeves, Program Assistant
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