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Ch 7: Modern Era Music

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Watch online video lessons to learn about the different aspects of modern era music. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz to help check your understanding of topics like atonal music, experimental music and modern musical instruments.

Modern Era Music - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

In the modern era, composers experiment and explore various new concepts and use new forms of musical instruments. Modern music takes things from the past and mixes it with new ideas. This leads to a distinct sound and style. In this chapter, our instructor will teach you about the different types of instruments used in modern music, along with the styles and composers that define the era. You'll get to study things like:

  • The types of instruments used in modern music
  • Experimental styles of this period
  • Symphonies, impressionism and folk songs
  • The influence of jazz on modern music
  • The influence of technology on music genres

Video Objective
Mahler, Debussy & Bartok: Transition from Late-Romantic to Modern Take a look at symphonies, impressionism and folk songs.
Found and Prepared Instruments in Modern Music Explore the different musical instruments in modern music.
Gershwin & Bernstein: Jazz Influence, Operas & Musicals Study the influence of jazz, operas and musicals.
Stavinsky & Copland: Baller Contributions and Styles See the contributions made by Stavinsky and Copland.
Modern Experimental Music: Glass, Cage & Use of Silence Examine experimental music.
Electronic Music: History, Types & Artists Learn about how the evolution of technology affected the music world in the 20th and 21st centuries.

6 Lessons in Chapter 7: Modern Era Music
Mahler, Debussy & Bartok: Transition from Late-Romantic to Modern

1. Mahler, Debussy & Bartok: Transition from Late-Romantic to Modern

In this lesson, you'll explore the transition from Late-Romantic to Modern music through the compositional styles of Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy, and Bela Bartok.

Found and Prepared Instruments in Modern Music

2. Found and Prepared Instruments in Modern Music

In this lesson, explore the use of found and prepared instruments in experimental music and discover how these instruments are created. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Gershwin & Bernstein: Jazz Influence, Operas & Musicals

3. Gershwin & Bernstein: Jazz Influence, Operas & Musicals

Jazz was one of the greatest contributions of American civilization to world culture. However, until the arrival of Gershwin and Bernstein, the genre was largely seen as lacking the refinement of other more classical forms.

Stravinsky & Copland: Ballet Contributions and Styles

4. Stravinsky & Copland: Ballet Contributions and Styles

Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland were two ballet composers that were very different, yet similar in many respects. Explore the styles and contributions of each artist and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Modern Experimental Music: Glass, Cage & Use of Silence

5. Modern Experimental Music: Glass, Cage & Use of Silence

How much new can there really be to say about music? Well, thanks to the rise of modern experimental music, you can explore new ideas about what music is and how we experience it, then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Electronic Music: History, Types & Artists

6. Electronic Music: History, Types & Artists

This lesson will define the concept of electronic music and provide examples of different instruments, genres, and artists that make up this category. The role of technology in the creation of music in the 20th and 21st century will be considered and you can take a quiz!

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