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Ch 4: Renaissance Music: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Renaissance Music chapter of this Music 101 Help and Review course is the simplest way to master Renaissance music. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of Renaissance music.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Music 101 material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn introductory music. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding Renaissance music songs and composers
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning music (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about Renaissance music
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra music learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Renaissance Music chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Renaissance Music chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about Renaissance music. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Renaissance music unit of a standard introductory music course. Topics covered include:

  • Madrigals and voice parts
  • Sacred and secular Renaissance music
  • Renaissance composers
  • Renaissance polyphony
  • Schools of Renaissance composers
  • Instrumental Renaissance music
  • Forms of Renaissance dance music

12 Lessons in Chapter 4: Renaissance Music: Help and Review
Songs of the Renaissance: Madrigals and Vocal Parts

1. Songs of the Renaissance: Madrigals and Vocal Parts

A key musical component of the Renaissance period was the madrigal. In this lesson, learn how the complex church vocal music from the end of the Medieval Era was transformed into singable melodies made for the secular courts and the educated public.

Renaissance Music: Sacred vs. Secular

2. Renaissance Music: Sacred vs. Secular

The Renaissance Era (ca. 1450-1600) brought about great change in both sacred and secular music. In this lesson, you'll learn about the most significant types of sacred and secular music in the Renaissance Era and their characteristics.

Renaissance Composers: Josquin, Palestrina, & Dufay

3. Renaissance Composers: Josquin, Palestrina, & Dufay

While there were many composers that brought new ideas, changes and influences to Renaissance Era music, there are three composers that clearly exemplify the styles and progressions made at the time. In this lesson, learn about these three composers and their contributions.

Composers of the Renaissance Period: Instrumental Music of Byrd & Gabrieli

4. Composers of the Renaissance Period: Instrumental Music of Byrd & Gabrieli

The rise of printed media during the Renaissance period helped instrumental music move to the forefront of musical development. In this lesson, learn about William Byrd and Giovanni Gabrieli, two significant instrumental composers of the time.

Instrumental Music of the Renaissance: Instruments, Compositions & Dance

5. Instrumental Music of the Renaissance: Instruments, Compositions & Dance

Before the Renaissance, vocal music was king, but in the 16th century instrumental music was on the rise. In this lesson, you'll learn about the top five factors that influenced the rise of instrumental music during the Renaissance period.

Rise of Renaissance Polyphony: Dufay, des Prez & Palestrina

6. Rise of Renaissance Polyphony: Dufay, des Prez & Palestrina

While not a new concept, polyphony underwent great development during the Renaissance period. In this lesson, learn how music evolved texturally, and how three great composers of the time period influenced this development.

Schools of Renaissance Composers: English and Italian

7. Schools of Renaissance Composers: English and Italian

The Virginalist, Flemish, and Venetian schools of musical thought were highly influential throughout Europe during the Renaissance. In this lesson, learn the hallmarks and styles of each school and their collective impact on music of the time.

Dance Music of the Renaissance: History and Forms

8. Dance Music of the Renaissance: History and Forms

Long before the Harlem shake, swing dancing and even the waltz, there was Renaissance-style dance music. Learn about the music behind the dance, and how dance influenced the future of music.

Composer Thomas Tallis: Biography & Music

9. Composer Thomas Tallis: Biography & Music

Thomas Tallis was a prominent 16th century English composer. In this lesson we will learn about his life, his versatility in liturgical composition, and his influence today.

Guillaume Dufay: Biography & Music

10. Guillaume Dufay: Biography & Music

Guillaume Dufay is considered to be the most important composer of the 15th century. In this lesson we will learn about his life and the contributions he made to music composition.

John Dowland: Biography, Music & Songs

11. John Dowland: Biography, Music & Songs

John Dowland was an English Renaissance composer who played an instrument called the lute. Much of his life is shrouded in mystery, but his compositions are still studied and recorded today, including recordings by a famous pop artist!

Thomas Morley: Biography, Songs & Music

12. Thomas Morley: Biography, Songs & Music

Thomas Morley was a composer during the English Renaissance. He is largely responsible for the popularity of the Italian madrigal style in England. This lesson will discuss his life and works.

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