The Story of Great Music | History and Appreciation


Turn music history from a daunting subject to an entertaining part of your homeschool with the engaging performances and accessible writing of this course.

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Take an exciting tour through the development of Western music. This new online class merges the history of composers and their works with engaging video performances. It also provides audio playlists and recommendations for building your own listening library of classical music.

We designed this course for students without any musical training. But it can also provide a robust historical guide for music students wanting to connect the dots between periods, composers, instruments, and performance styles.

The course could fill a fine arts elective for high school students, provide a handy chronological reference for parents who want curated playlists for family listening, or serve as a pre- or post-concert guide to your next family musical outing.

  • In-depth written materials on each musical period and composer of note through the beginning of the twentieth century
  • High-quality performances of the music
  • Quizzes and research projects
  • Audio and video playlists and recommended recordings

Credit: 1/2 or 1 HS Elective Credit (fine art, music, art appreciation, humanities)

License: This product is licensed for use by one family. For group, co-op, or school use, each family will need to purchase a copy or purchase licenses for each student. For more information, visit our group license page.

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Thomas Purifoy, Jr.





  1. The Renaissance
  2. The Early Baroque Era
  3. The Baroque Era: Handel
  4. The Baroque Era: Bach
  5. The Classical Era: Haydn
  6. The Classical Era: Mozart
  7. The Classical Era: Beethoven
  8. The Romantic Era: Early German Romantics
  9. The Romantic Era: French Romantics
  10. The Romantic Era: Masters of the Piano
  11. The Romantic Era: Romantic Opera
  12. The Romantic Era: Brahms
  13. The Romantic Era: Romantic Nationalism
  14. The Romantic Era: Russian Romantics
  15. The 20th Century: French Impressionism
  16. The 20th Century: Finland, England, & America

Lessons include some or all of the following steps in our Learning Management System:

  • Read a background essay which takes you through the development of music over the centuries
  • Watch live video performances curated from the web
  • Review a summary of the lesson and new vocabulary
  • Complete quizzes in listening and vocabulary
  • Complete a project or research
  • Go deeper with video and audio playlists for continued learning on the go


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