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Two years ago my kids were studying 20th-century history and I knew they needed to include music history with those studies. I began researching during the summer and taught a 20th music appreciation course at our Tapestry of Grace homeschool co-op during that year to grades K-12. Now, I have transformed it into a self-paced online course called 20th Century Music Appreciation for High School. It’s the best ever resource to use when teaching 20th-century history.
What is special about the 20th Century Music Appreciation course?
- It’s self-paced
- It’s yours forever
- You can use it with all the kids in your home/classroom
- You can use it in a school or co-op with a license (sold separately)
- It’s fun!
- All videos to listen to the music are embedded
- High schoolers can earn 1/2 credit in Fine Arts
- It can easily be adjusted for grades K-8
- Notebooking pages are included
What do you learn in the course?
Here are a few of the composers/styles you’ll learn about. See the whole list and preview a couple of lessons over at Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool.com.
- Rock and Roll
- Musical Theater
- Piano Concertos
- Lloyd Webber
- and so many more!
Why Study Music Appreciation alongside 20th Century History?
The arts, including music, drama, art, and story (books and movies) are always affected by the events surrounding their creators. Historical events in the 20th century led composers to write in new styles. In the online course, you’ll learn about the folk songs of the 1960s which were written in protest to the Vietnam War. You’ll hear new styles of opera and ballet that were set in modern times, making them vastly different from their predecessors in the previous centuries.
Brand new genres were created such as movie music. You’ll also learn about how historical events affected the composers themselves, causing them to write in a particular manner–such as those who feared for their lives under the tyrannical regimes in Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany. I can’t think of a better way to learn about history than to listen to the music written during the times while studying it.
Download 5 Lessons for Free!
Get lessons for John Philip Sousa, Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, and John Williams.
See all the courses now available at Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool.com:
- Music History