Course Description

"Melodies of Time: A Journey Through Music's Evocative History"

Music is an exquisite tapestry, interwoven with the threads of human emotion, history, and culture. Delve into the rich tapestry of musical evolution with our course, "Melodies of Time." Discover how music has mirrored our triumphs, lamented our tragedies, and shaped the very essence of human existence.

Embarking on this musical odyssey, we begin with the fundamental building blocks of music. By grasping these foundational elements, you'll cultivate a refined vocabulary that illuminates the nuances of musical compositions, helps discern the distinctive attributes of various genres, and offers insights into the choices that composers and performers make.

For instance, Jazz, a vibrant genre birthed within the African-American milieu in the U.S., is a captivating fusion of African syncopated rhythms, the haunting call-and-response patterns echoed in spirituals, and the delicate influences of European harmonies. This rich legacy continuously evolves, pushing the boundaries of Jazz to new, exhilarating heights.

We'll traverse the shifting sands of Classical music, observing its metamorphosis since the illustrious eras of Beethoven and Brahms. The twentieth century bore witness to a tapestry of innovative styles and audacious composers from both sides of the Atlantic. Visionaries like Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel set a provocative tone for the century, while Arnold Schoenberg's avant-garde techniques heralded a seismic shift in the musical landscape.

Our exploration doesn't halt at the Western world. We'll voyage into the vibrant heartbeats of Sub-Saharan Africa, the melodic tales of India, and the rhythmic whispers of Japan. The enchanting legacies of these regions have left indelible imprints on European and American compositions, offering a diverse and illuminating musical journey.

During this course, your auditory senses will be treated to a diverse array of music, from the ethereal Gregorian Chants of yore to contemporary chartbusters. Unearth answers to intriguing questions like:

  • Which maestro orchestrated the suspenseful notes that accompany a film's most tense moments?
  • Who envisioned the rousing call-and-response rhythms that march soldiers forward?
  • How did maritime melodies synchronize sailors' efforts on towering ships?
  • Which tracks became unlikely symbols of liberty for escaping slaves?
  • How did an ancient musical form resurge to modern-day fame in the 1980s?
  • What role did music play in kindling the flames of the Civil Rights movement?

Enroll now to traverse time with melodies and rhythms, celebrating the luminaries whose musical masterpieces have been the ever-evolving soundtrack to humanity's journey.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe basic elements of music.
  • Identify medieval music.
  • Identify renaissance music.
  • Identify baroque music.
  • Identify classical music.
  • Summarize the romantic period in music.
  • Summarize classical (pre-modern) music, 1900-1945 and modern classic music (1945-present).
  • Identify, recognize and describe jazz music.
  • Recognize opera music.
  • Recognize and identify pop music, folk music, and non-western music.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction 5 points
Lesson 1 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 1 Exam 9 points
Lesson 2 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 2 Exam 14 points
Lesson 3 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 3 Exam 10 points
Lesson 4 Assignment 25 points
Bach Music 100 points
Lesson 4 Exam 15 points
Lesson 5 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 5 Exam 14 points
Lesson 6 Assignment 25 points
Listening to Music 100 points
Lesson 6 Exam 15 points
Lesson 7 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 7 Exam 10 points
Lesson 8 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 8 Exam 10 points
Lesson 9 Assignment 25 points
Jazz Music 100 points
Lesson 9 Exam 10 points
Lesson 10 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 10 Exam 10 points
Lesson 11 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 11 Exam 15 points
Lesson 12 Assignment 25 points
Your Favorites 100 points
Lesson 12 Exam 15 points
Lesson 13 Assignment 25 points
Broadway Music 100 points
Lesson 13 Exam 15 points
Lesson 14 Assignment 25 points
Pop Music 100 points
Lesson 14 Exam 15 points
Lesson 15 Assignment 25 points
Music Choice 100 points
Lesson 15 Exam 13 points
New Things 100 points
Lesson 16 Exam 10 points
The Final Exam 45 points
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