The Music Appreciation: Middle Ages Thru Classical Era is a high school online course that contains 18 lessons about the music, genres, styles, and composers of Western Music from 450-1800.
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You’ll learn about Gregorian Chant, the beginnings of musical notation, organum, Medieval church modes, Hildegard von Bingen, Guido d’Arezzo, Josquin des Prez, madrigals, motets, the beginnings of opera, music of the Reformation, Buxtehude, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and many more!
Once purchased you have forever access to the course.
- written lessons
- videos to watch to learn more about concepts and to listen to the music
- assignments to complete using printables which are provided
- online quizzes.
High School Credit
Use the course to get a half-credit in high school Fine Arts. The course can be used for all ages (K-12), but is specifically written for the junior high/high school level.
Instructions for how to use the course and count it on your high school transcript are included. See the instructions here.
My high school son is just finishing up your course – Music Appreciation: Middle Ages-Classical Era.He has enjoyed it, except for the Gregorian Chant part, but he has had fun “moaning” about it. 🙂
~ L.S., homeschool mom
“My oldest (14,) is loving listening to the variety of different music in the Middle Ages Music Appreciation online course. She is especially enjoying the minstrel and medieval music. She’s seen many of the songs in literature, but never heard them. The course is bringing a new level of understanding to other aspects of our homeschool, which make it extra enjoyable. Thank you!”
~ Shannan Swindler, homeschool mom and blogger at Captivating Compass
- Sacred Music of the Early Middle Ages
- Secular Music of the Middle Ages
- The Development of Polyphony (Organum)
- Medieval Instruments and Composers Dunstable and Dufay
- Renaissance Music, Ockeghem, and Josquin des Prez
- Renaissance Composers~ Palestrina and Gabrieli
- Music of the Protestant Reformation
- Renaissance Madrigals
- Renaissance Instruments and Early Baroque Instrumental Music
- Intro to Baroque period, Instrumental Forms, Schütz, and Buxtehude
- Opera~ Caccini, Monteverdi, Lully, and Purcell
- Keyboard and String Composers~ Couperin, Corelli, Torelli, Vivaldi, and Rameau
- J. S. Bach
- Handel (Preview this lesson for free here!)
- Classical Period Forms, Genres, and Haydn
- Other Classical Period Composers~ Scarlatti, J.C. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Gluck, and Paganini
I wish I could have used your courses with our children as we did school at home. We are a music loving family and it would have been a gift to them to broaden their experiences with your lessons. However, the youngest of 6 is a freshman in college this year – off on his own musical adventures.
When I came across your courses, I invested in the first one as a resource to use with my piano students. I expect to continue to do that from time to time. I have enjoyed going through them for my own education and enjoyment.
Probably the most significant use is one I still anticipate. We will become grandparents this spring, and my thoughts have drifted toward what kinds of things I want to have available for the next generation. The simplicity of what you provide, the easy access to the music via the Internet, and the number of lessons you provide in a course all speak to my heart. Your musical choices take me outside the normal music I find on my own. It helps me explore with a little less investment of time.