These highly creative, detailed courses provide an education
in depth, with an eye toward the creation of professionals.
They should generally be done in sequence by the student
interested in that art form.
We offer a four course (two-three year) series on Music Theory, Music History, and Composition, designed for home school use. To find out more about our extensive Music History program for Upper School, we recommend you first take a look at the video that you'll find toward the top of this page. Then read the rest of this ... More...
Arts are often sadly
neglected today in education. We offer extensive programs
all designed for home school use.
These highly creative, detailed courses provide an
education in depth, with an eye toward the creation of
professionals. They should generally be done in sequence by
the student interested in that art form.
To find out more about our extensive Music History program for Upper School, we recommend you first take a look at the video that you'll find toward the top of this page. Then read this article, look at the course descriptions offered of each course below, along with the samples that we provide of each course. (Please note - these courses can be done by Lower School students who are truly interested in music history and who are reasonably literate.)
Our Music History program consists of nine extensive
courses. Music History revolves around both composers,
and schools or periods of music and art such as the Baroque,
Romantic, Impressionistic, or the Nationalistic movements of
the 20th century. We cover well over 100 composers in
great detail. We also provide links to many hundreds
of examples of their music, as played by many of the
greatest musicians of the 20th century. (We can't
promise that every link will be live when you use them, but
you can doubtless find others for the few that will not be,
on You Tube, by running a search with the composer's name
and the piece that you wish to hear. The vast majority
of performances should be there waiting for you.)
For the beginner, for the person longing to compose their own music, and for the person who has long held an interest in music history - these are courses just for you.
The end result of a student who completes our Music History program is a person very familiar with the history of music, kinds of music, the great composers and their lives and works, and who can use that knowledge to deepen their appreciation of music in general.
To find out more about this program, please take a look at the video that you'll find toward the top right of this page. Then take a look at the description and samples provided for each course.
Please note - Many of the required films or music have links provided so that there may be no need to secure them. However, we cannot guarantee that all the links will be “live” or active when you use them. You may need to secure films or music in other ways. No film or music selected is very hard to secure. Any book required will need to be secured by you, though a great deal of reading material built in to the courses (such as The Story of Mankind) is built directly into the courses and so do not need to be secured.
All courses are PDFs and can be
downloaded upon purchase!
The first in our unique series of Music History Courses for ages 11-adult. This course starts with an explanation of what music is followed by a series of articles about composers. ...
Music history for ages 11-adult, with dozens of hours of links to musical selections played by some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, carefully researched and located on the Internet. ...
Music history for ages 11-adult. The great Nationalists, composers of the 1800s and 1900s whose music came to represent their nations to the world. ...
Another Music History Course, covering the lives and works of German and Viennese Composers of the 1800s-1900s. Schubert, Schumann, Bruckner, Strauss II, Brahms, Schoenberg, Hindemith and Weill are the eight composers presented. ...
Music history ages 11-adult. Glinka, Scriabin, Borodin, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich - The lives of ten important Russian composers are studied. ...
Music/History for ages 11-adult. Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Saint-Saens, Dukas, de Falla, Respighi, Poulenc, Holst and Vaughan Williams lives are studied. Impressionism is explained, and many dozens of works are listened to, with links to performances of the great works by these historic composers, often by some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. ...
A Music History Course for ages 11-adult. How has America contributed to the world of classical music? Study the lives and amazing works of J.P. Sousa; Ives; Still; Copland; Thomson; Barber; Gershwin; Leonard Bernstein; Hermann; Elmer Bernstein; John Williams; Hanson; Cage & Glass. ...
For ages 11-adult. Some of the greatest composers of opera, their history and their works. Rossini, Bellini, Donizetii, Gounod, Wagner, Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Richard Strauss, Britten, Adams and Webber, plus operetta composers Herbert, Friml, Romberg, Gilbert & Sullivan. Their lives and their works, many dozens of works, are unveiled, and the world of opera explained. ...
For ages 11-adult. Over thirty theatrical composer's works are studied, including Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Frederick Loewe (Lerner & Loewe), Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, Jerry Bock (Bock & Harnick), John Kander (Kander & Ebb), Cy Coleman, and many others! Each composer has a bio, and their important works are described. ...
A bundle of our Lower School (ages 9-10) and Upper School (ages 11-adult) Music Theory courses. ...
A bundle of our Upper School (ages 11-adult) Music History courses. ...