This course covers the development of Western Classical Music from the earliest records of Gregorian Chant to the contemporary music of the 20th and 21st centuries and is aimed at teenagers who want to widen their musical horizons.
This course will be especially beneficial to young instrumentalists, but prior musical knowledge is not a requirement.
Over 12 monthly session, (on the last Monday of each month) the course will introduce the styles and developments that each musical era brought with it as well as background context.
Students will have access to online material which will supplement the knowledge gained through the online sessions. They will also have the opportunity, if they wish, to compose pieces in the style that is being learnt.
Week 1: Early Beginnings, Gregorian Chant and the Birth of Polyphony
Week 2: 11th, 12th and 13th Centuries: Organum, Early polyphony, Leonin and Perotin, the Motet
Week 3: 14th and 15th Centuries
Week 4: The Renaissance
Week 5: The Birth of Opera
Week 6: The Baroque
Week 7: Stile Galant and the Early Classical Period
Week 8: The Late Classical Period
Week 9: The Romantic Period
Week 10: Late Romantics
Week 11: The 20th Century
Week 12: Where to now?