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The Story of Great Music

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  1. Introduction

    What You Need to Begin
    5 Steps
  2. The Renaissance and Baroque Eras
    1. Renaissance
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    1 Quiz
  3. 2. Early Baroque
    11 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  4. 3. Handel
    10 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  5. 4. Bach
    13 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  6. The Classical Era
    5. Haydn
    8 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  7. 6. Mozart
    9 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  8. 7. Beethoven
    8 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  9. The Romantic Era
    8. Early German Romantics
    8 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  10. 9. French Romantics
    8 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  11. 10. Masters of the Piano
    8 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  12. 11. Romantic Opera
    9 Steps
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    1 Quiz
  13. 12. Brahms
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    1 Quiz
  14. 13. Romantic Nationalism
    10 Steps
  15. 14. Russian Romantics
    9 Steps
  16. The 20th Century
    15. French Impressionism
    6 Steps
  17. 16. Finland, England, & America
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We recommend tracking what you listen to and your observations about music as you move through the course. Sometimes you might want to ask yourself a question, or simply log the name of a piece or performer you’d like to investigate further. The way you organize a journal can be very personal. In each lesson, there will be prompts like the one below, which can be used or modified as needed.

For your first journal entry, you will introduce a family member or friend to one of the composers covered in this lesson:

  1. Select a piece of music from the time period covered by this lesson (6th through 16th centuries).
  2. Explain how it fit into the rest of the composer’s work.
  3. Explain why that piece of music is important.

The goal is for you to share your new understanding about something you are learning to enjoy!