Music History & Appreciation

Course Description


Single-semester course. Students will work through the major periods of western music history to gain an understanding of how music developed and how it both shaped and reflected the cultural changes of the time. This course will allow students to discuss music as it relates to major historical events; to see the innovation in each type of music; to know the historical value of major composers’ contributions to culture; and to learn how to listen carefully to music and analyze it using vocabulary we have learned.

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

The instructor will provide all course materials.

Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: 20 students.

Designed for grades 7-12.

Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded .5 Fine Arts credit upon completion of this course.

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