Take a guided tour through the development of music in the Western world. Watch a range of engaging performances of the pieces which have inspired generations, read essays which explain the history and context of composers and their works, and build your own listening library for lifelong learning.
We designed this course in music appreciation for students without any prior musical training, but it provides 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.
- introductory essays on each musical period and composer of note through the beginning of the twentieth century;
- high-quality performances of the music discussed, curated from around the web;
- quizzes on terms and listening identification, as well as research projects to reinforce learning;
- playlists for video and audio to extend learning beyond the course.
Credit: 1/2 HS Elective Credit (fine art, music, art appreciation, humanities)
NOTE: This class only has part of the lessons uploaded, with the rest being completed before the new semester in January.