Intermediate Course (12 yrs and up), $185, 14 week course – No Prerequisite

(This course is under partial revision. The scope and focus remains the same, but we are replacing many of the texts with better resources.)

It has been said by many that "Music is the universal language of mankind"; music tells a story through the use of sound to convey emotion and depict imagery throughout the ages. In this course, students will listen to the works of the masters, spanning the centuries, and discover the light that music sheds in the understanding of truth. They will engage in listening activities, readings, and class discussion to experience the historical processes by which musical styles grow, develop, mature, and decline. This process will help them to make connections between historical eras, art and music to understand the role music plays in the bigger picture of the elements that have shaped our cultures and societies.

This course covers the music periods of medieval music (1150-1400) through to the late Romantic era (1860-1920).

All readings and recordings will be provided in an online format to registered students.

Sample Lesson:

Week 1: Medieval Music 1150-1400

Characteristics of Medieval Music
Ars Antiqua 1150-1300
Leonin: 1150s-1201(?)
Leonin and Perotin: The Beginning of Modern Music


The Troubadors
The Trouveres
Guillaume Duke of Aquitaine
Adam De La Halle
Colin Muset


  • Guillaume Duke of Aquitaine: Pos de chantar m'es pres talenz
  • Adam de la Halle: La Jeu de Robin et Marian
  • Adam de la Halle: Motet: “De ma dame vient”
  • Colin Muset: En may

Ars Nova Period 1300-1400
Francesco Landini
Guillame de Machaut
Philip de Vitry
Philippe de Vitry and the Ars Nova: The Early History of Modern Rhythmic Notation in Music


  • Landini: Non avra ma' pieta questa mia Donna
  • Machaut: De Fortune Me Doi Plaindre Et Loer (Ballade 23)
  • Machaut: La Messe de Nostre Dame – Kyrie
  • de Vitry: Vos Qui Admiramini