About OjaiU 2015

OjaiU is a MOOC – a massive open online course. We did our first MOOC before the 2013 Ojai Festival, one of the first arts MOOCS. This is our second course.

How This Will Work

Each class will consist of a series of short videos exploring the ideas of that class plus some Listen & Do exercises, where you’ll be able to hear musical examples and be asked to listen for details and compare what you hear. There will also be opportunity for class discussion after each video. Each class takes approximately half an hour to complete, and you can do the segments in order or in whatever sequence appeals to you. We’ll also have a class wiki, filled with additional resources for the class – links to recordings, more information about composers and performers and links to other resources.

A new class will go live every Monday over four weeks – May 11, 18, 25 and June 1, 2015 – at noon PDT. You can access that week’s class any time after it goes online. The videos and quizzes that make up this class are only meant as a starting point. Online discussion can take the class in many directions, and we hope to tap into the expertise of OjaiUers to deepen the discussions.

Finally, we believe that taking this course will give you additional insights into the music and ideas of this year’s Ojai Music Festival. The course isn’t an attempt to sell you tickets, and the course stands on its own as a discussion of music. But if you can come to the festival, hopefully you’ll have additional perspectives with which to experience it. If you can’t be here, then you can listen online to live streamed broadcasts during the week of June 10-14, 2015 or to archive streams.

Participants who complete all three classes will also get the following:

  • An OMF signed certificate
  • A graduation gathering with other OJAIU students and artists during Festival weekend
  • One participant may be chosen to be an intermission guest during the streaming broadcast of one of this year’s concerts.

We hope you’ll join us. You can sign up on the form in the right column.