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Introduction to Classical Music: Online Course
Want to learn about classical music? Don't know where to start? We have the course for you!
Our "Introduction to Classical Music" course is for you if you:
Are interested in music
Are interested in history
Are interested in culture
Are simply curious!
Parts I and II are available now, guiding you through the history of classical music from the Middle Ages through to the end of the Romantic Era (approximately the end of the 19th Century)!
About Part I:
"Early music" contributed to the development of classical music as we know it today. From monophony to polyphony, from motets to madrigals, you'll finish this course with plenty of knowledge about the history of Medieval and Renaissance Europe and the music that developed from this context. You will also have much more music to add to your playlists!
About Part II:
During the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic Eras, classical music as we know it today really began to take shape. From Bach to Beethoven and many more, learn about the great composers of these eras, the contexts in which they lived and worked, and the ground-breaking music they created - much of which is still performed today!
Here is some of the feedback we've had from the course:
"I loved so much of the course!"
"Easy to read and understand"
"I loved the music examples...many types of music and history from different cultures"
"I felt like I’d learned lots and felt good about what I’d learned"
Who is this course for?
Anyone who is interested in:
History - How did the people of the past see the world?
Music - What kinds of music did people of the past write and enjoy?
Culture - What did the lives of people of the past look like?
(you don't need to know much about any of the above!)
What will I learn?
In Part I of the course, you'll learn about Early Music - the music of the Medieval and Renaissance Eras. In Part II, you'll learn about the music and music creators of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic Eras.
You'll listen to a range of celebrated masterworks and lesser-known-but-hugely-important pieces of music from these eras - we're sure you'll find yourself tapping your toes and swaying along to some great tunes!
How is the content laid out?
Each lesson has an attractive, easy-to-understand PDF text-and-images document with everything you need to know (well, to get you started on your learning and listening journey!)! Below the main content, you'll find carefully selected musical excerpts to listen to, with a brief description. At the end of each section, you'll take a quiz - how much can you remember about each era?
Note: We may add in video elements, as we know many people will benefit from this! Good news: Purchasing this course (or individual parts) gives you lifetime access, so you can come back at any time and see any changes we have made! If you purchased the course prior to changing course hosts, please get in contact.
How long does this course take to complete?
Well, that all depends! We recommend an optimum timeline of one to two weeks per part to really reap the benefits, completing 1-2 lessons per day and taking time to explore and listen to more music beyond what is included in this course. Of course, it is entirely up to you! You could complete it in a day, a month, a year...