If It Isn’t Baroque…The History of Western Music
Length: 12 weeks
Age/Grade: 3rd – 12th Grades
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If It Isn’t Baroque is a study of the history of the music in the western world. It begins with the study of music in ancient times in Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc., and progresses through Biblical times, Medieval times, the Renaissance, and modern music. Explanations are given to the student of the differences in the types of music, and instructions are given to make some of the instruments from ancient and Biblical times. Suggested listening activities are given for the various types of music, and activities are suggested for the student to research them more deeply. These lessons should be studied in consecutive order as they progress through time and therefore build on each other. They can be taken independently of Music Theory I & II.
In this course, we’ll try to answer the question, “When did music begin?” and trace its journey through history until the modern day.
Written instruction with listening assignments and other activities for primary and secondary grades.
If It Isn’t Baroque
Lesson 1: When Did Music Begin?
Lesson 2: Ancient Times (up to c. 1150)
Lesson 3: Biblical Period (Old and New Testaments)
Lesson 4: Medieval Times (c. 1150c—c. 1400)
Lesson 5: Renaissance (c. 1400c—c. 1600)
Lesson 6: Baroque (c. 1600—c. 1750)
Lesson 7: Classical (c. 1750—c. 1830)
Lesson 8: Romantic (c. 1830—c. 1920)
Lesson 9: Impressionist (c. 1875—c. 1925)
Lesson 10: 20th Century and Beyond
Lesson 11: Jazz (c. 1890—present day)
Lesson 12: Where Do We Go From Here?
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