Discovering Music: 300 Years in Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture Curriculum Complete Set

Discovering Music: 300 Years in Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture Curriculum Complete Set

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What a treasure! I'm mourning the fact that I no longer have students in my home. I would love to go through this course with them. If there was anything even remotely like it "back then," I was unaware of it. This course combines music history (learning about composers) with music appreciation (learning about their music) and shows how they interweave with as well as impact the intricate fabric of western culture. The scope of the course is breathtaking a survey of 300 years (right before 1600 to the edge of WWI) of Western Music and Arts. The author, Carol Reynolds, is a well-loved professor of music history who supplies students with an abundance of primary and secondary sources and encourages her students to learn from them. The course she's provided is professionally well-done, comprehensive in its depth and scope, amazing in its use of musicians and cultural backdrops and, in short, magnificent. In her words, "the history of music makes sense only when it is combined with the history of science, politics, conquests, religious movements, and the other arts. . . . . Music has the ability to enlighten, enliven, and enshrine in our memory the interaction of history, science, and art."

Just to whet your appetite, here's what's provided in the unit on Mozart: a lecture that includes pictures from the Big Band era and rock and roll (to illustrate the similarity in terms of musical change between the Baroque and the following period), examples of music played on a piano that merge into orchestral presentations, pictures of political figures, art, architecture, places, clothing, a "sub-lecture" that shows how a grand piano works, vocabulary defined, dozens of musical examples. Through all of this, Mrs. Reynolds' sweeping commentary takes us from Mozart throughout Europe and even colonial America showing us relationships and a continual historical perspective. While the workbook provides "notes" (dates, places, definitions, etc.), the student will need to pay attention to the lecture in order to fill in all the blanks. Questions involve extrapolation from the lecture rather than just a regurgitation of it. The lecture introduces many musical compositions; listening to required and recommended works will provide others, but it's expected that the student continues to learn by drawing on provided internet sources.

There are 17 units:

  • Using music history to unlock western culture
  • Music entwined with great events in western history
  • Technology, terminology, and cultural perspective
  • Fanfare and power: the court of Louis XIV
  • Sweeping away the Renaissance into the Baroque
  • Liturgical calendar, street parties, and the new church music
  • A lively journey through the life of Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Enlightenment, classicism and the astonishing Mozart
  • In the abyss: the century struggles with unfettered imagination
  • Beethoven as hero and revolutionary
  • Salons, poetry, and the power of the song
  • A tale of four virtuosi and the birth of the tone poem
  • Nationalism and explosion of romantic opera
  • The absolutely new world of Wagner
  • Imperial Russia a cultural odyssey
  • Load up the wagons: the story of American music
  • Turning the page on western tradition with the explosion of war

Course components include a set of DVDs (lively lectures that include "on location" film clips, interviews, and a wealth of information; professionally done) and a student Resource Book that will ultimately become a resource/reference for the student when the course is completed. Recently revised, the audio CDs that were previously included have been replaced by links on the publisher's website (www.professorcarol.com) to required and recommended musical works. The spiral-bound student Resource Book provides the student's path through the course. The pages for each unit provide a list of Key Figures and Places, Vocabulary, Notable Dates, suggestions for Listening (some of which are included on the CDs), and a listing of Websites for further research. The Putting It All Together section provides study projects for the student and the Viewing Guide provides a place for note-taking through the lecture series. Also included in the Workbook is a set of Quizzes for each unit, texts and translations for the music provided, and an answer key for both the Quizzes and the Viewing Guide pages.

Although it doesn't say so, this course seems like it was developed with homeschoolers in mind all instruction is directed toward the student so a motivated student could work somewhat independently (although in my home, I would have wanted to be learning these things right along with my student). Easily a full high school credit in Music History/Appreciation, it might be more properly called by an old-fashioned name Humanities.

The Teacher's Manual on CD-ROM is available separately and includes PDF files for the following: Syllabus, a unit-by-unit Course Plan, four Exams with Answer Keys, and a Listening Plan. Appendices include a Listening Selection Chart and a Listening Progress Form. Although not absolutely necessary, this does provide some nice features and gives the course a little more cohesive "feel." The publisher recommends the addition of the Teacher's Manual especially if taking the course for credit. ~ Janice

Publisher Description:

Our flagship course covers Western music, history, art, and culture from 1600 to 1914. Now in a revised edition, we have moved the listening component online and lowered the price. You can click through to all of the listening selections (both required and suggested works) and find multiple performances in most cases. We provide links to paid subscription services from Naxos and Classical Archives and always free links to quality performances on video.

The links to web resources for further study have also been moved online where they can be better maintained and updated.

8 DVD set and coursebook (230 pages spiral bound)

What a treasure! Im mourning the fact that I no longer have students in my home. I would love to go through this course with them. If there was anything even remotely like it "back then," I was unaware of it. This course combines music history (learning about composers) with music appreciation (learning about their music) and shows how they interweave with as well as impact the intricate fabric of western culture. The scope of the course is breathtaking a survey of 300 years (right before 1600 to the edge of WWI) of Western Music and Arts. The author, Carol Reynolds, is a well-loved professor of music history who supplies students with an abundance of primary and secondary sources and encourages her students to learn from them. The course shes provided is professionally well-done, comprehensive in its depth and scope, amazing in its use of musicians and cultural backdrops and, in short, magnificent. In her words, "the history of music makes sense only when it is combined with the history of science, politics, conquests, religious movements, and the other arts. . . . . Music has the ability to enlighten, enliven, and enshrine in our memory the interaction of history, science, and art."

Just to whet your appetite, heres whats provided in the unit on Mozart: a lecture that includes pictures from the Big Band era and rock and roll (to illustrate the similarity in terms of musical change between the Baroque and the following period), examples of music played on a piano that merge into orchestral presentations, pictures of political figures, art, architecture, places, clothing, a "sub-lecture" that shows how a grand piano works, vocabulary defined, dozens of musical examples. Through all of this, Mrs. Reynolds sweeping commentary takes us from Mozart throughout Europe and even colonial America showing us relationships and a continual historical perspective. While the workbook provides "notes" (dates, places, definitions, etc.), the student will need to pay attention to the lecture in order to fill in all the blanks. Questions involve extrapolation from the lecture rather than just a regurgitation of it. The lecture introduces many musical compositions; listening to required and recommended works will provide others, but its expected that the student continues to learn by drawing on provided internet sources.

There are 17 units:

  • Using music history to unlock western culture
  • Music entwined with great events in western history
  • Technology, terminology, and cultural perspective
  • Fanfare and power: the court of Louis XIV
  • Sweeping away the Renaissance into the Baroque
  • Liturgical calendar, street parties, and the new church music
  • A lively journey through the life of Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Enlightenment, classicism and the astonishing Mozart
  • In the abyss: the century struggles with unfettered imagination
  • Beethoven as hero and revolutionary
  • Salons, poetry, and the power of the song
  • A tale of four virtuosi and the birth of the tone poem
  • Nationalism and explosion of romantic opera
  • The absolutely new world of Wagner
  • Imperial Russia a cultural odyssey
  • Load up the wagons: the story of American music
  • Turning the page on western tradition with the explosion of war

Course components include a set of DVDs (lively lectures that include "on location" film clips, interviews, and a wealth of information; professionally done) and a student Resource Book that will ultimately become a resource/reference for the student when the course is completed. Recently revised, the audio CDs that were previously included have been replaced by links on the publishers website (www.professorcarol.com) to required and recommended musical works. The spiral-bound student Resource Book provides the students path through the course. The pages for each unit provide a list of Key Figures and Places, Vocabulary, Notable Dates, suggestions for Listening (some of which are included on the CDs), and a listing of Websites for further research. The Putting It All Together section provides study projects for the student and the Viewing Guide provides a place for note-taking through the lecture series. Also included in the Workbook is a set of Quizzes for each unit, texts and translations for the music provided, and an answer key for both the Quizzes and the Viewing Guide pages.

Although it doesnt say so, this course seems like it was developed with homeschoolers in mind all instruction is directed toward the student so a motivated student could work somewhat independently (although in my home, I would have wanted to be learning these things right along with my student). Easily a full high school credit in Music History/Appreciation, it might be more properly called by an old-fashioned name Humanities.

The Teachers Manual on CD-ROM is available separately and includes PDF files for the following: Syllabus, a unit-by-unit Course Plan, four Exams with Answer Keys, and a Listening Plan. Appendices include a Listening Selection Chart and a Listening Progress Form. Although not absolutely necessary, this does provide some nice features and gives the course a little more cohesive "feel." The publisher recommends the addition of the Teachers Manual especially if taking the course for credit. ~ Janice




Primary Subject
Music
Grade Start
7
Grade End
AD
Format
Other
Brand Name
Silver Age Music
Weight
2.4 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.25" x 9.25" x 2.0"
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My son needed an arts credit and loves history. This plays into that love and would be something he would enjoy.
Tracy R on Jun 30, 2020
I needed a curriculum to fulfill highschool fine arts credit.
Alicia S on Oct 24, 2016
My son needed an arts credit and loves history. This plays into that love and would be something he would enjoy.
Tracy R on Jun 30, 2020
My daughter has not shown interest in history but loves music. My hope is that this program will pull the two subjects together in a way that will spark her interest.
Susan H on Aug 26, 2017
I needed a curriculum to fulfill highschool fine arts credit.
Alicia S on Oct 24, 2016
My daughter has not shown interest in history but loves music. My hope is that this program will pull the two subjects together in a way that will spark her interest.
Susan H on Aug 26, 2017
If this Discovering Music course is being used in a co-op setting, do we buy one set of DVDs, a student book for each student and the Teacher Manual CD?
Laura on May 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Permission is not given to photocopy the student book, so you would need one for each student.
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