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Classical Music Appreciation

Music Through The Ages

A survey of nearly two thousand years of music history, from Gregorian chant to new works of the twenty-first century. You will be exposed to many musical genres including motets, symphonies, opera, and jazz, as well as learn about representative composers’ lives and compositions.

Who should attend?

This course is open to all interested students. No music reading experience is necessary.

Course Outline (X-MUE 01)

Week 1 – Music Fundamentals: Terminology and building blocks of music
Week 2 – The Middle Ages and Renaissance
Week 3 – The Early Baroque Era
Week 4 – Late Baroque Vocal and Instrumental Music
Week 5 – The Enlightenment
Week 6 – The Symphony, Concerto and String Quartet: Haydn and Mozart
Week 7 – The Beethoven Era
Week 8 – Romanticism in Music: Lieder, Program Music and Opera
Week 9 – The late Romantics and Modernism Week 10 – 20th and 21st Century music trends

Course Schedule

April 27 to June 29, 2021
Tuesday evenings, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm*

*A ten-minute break will be given during each lecture
Course will be offered virtually over the Zoom platform


Dr. John Brough

Dr. John Brough is an Edmonton-based conductor, singer, organist and music history lecturer. He is Adjunct Professor of musicology at Concordia University of Edmonton, and Manager of the School of Music. He has been teaching music history at post-secondary institutions for over twenty years, and brings a fresh and unique perspective on music history. Students enjoy his down to earth, and humorous approach to the music history. 

Additional Information

Format: Lecture
Pre-requisites: None
Total hours: 25 hours
Course code: X-MUE 01

Course Fee:
$450 + GST

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