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Ch 6: The Classical Period in Music: Help and Review

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The Classical Period in Music chapter of this Music 101 Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the Classical period in 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 the Classical period in music.

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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 instruments and composers of music's Classical period
  • 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 the Classical period in 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 Classical Period in 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 Classical Period in Music chapter exam to be prepared.
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Students will review:

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

  • Classical era music forms
  • Classical music and art connections
  • Piano characteristics and use
  • Function of the symphony in society
  • Popular operas of the period
  • Mozart's operas and symphonies
  • Haydn's compositions for the string quartet
  • Beethoven's shift from Classical to Romantic

22 Lessons in Chapter 6: The Classical Period in Music: Help and Review
Instrumental Music in the Classical Era

1. Instrumental Music in the Classical Era

During music's Classical period, instrumental music was popular entertainment in both the concert hall and the home. In this lesson, we'll look at four popular genres of Classical-era instrumental music: symphony, concerto, string quartet, and sonata.

Classical Music and Art: How Music Connected to Art in the Classical Period

2. Classical Music and Art: How Music Connected to Art in the Classical Period

Did you know that the word 'classical' in 'Classical music' is a reference to 'classical' Greek and Roman art? In this lesson, we'll talk about how the culture of Ancient Greece and Rome influenced both music and art during music's Classical Period.

The Piano: Instrument Definition, Characteristics and Usage

3. The Piano: Instrument Definition, Characteristics and Usage

The piano is central to so many of today's music genres, but did you know that it first became popular during music's Classical Period? In this lesson, we'll look at the history of the piano, find out how it works, and learn about the role it played in Classical-era music.

The Symphony: History, Parts and Function in Society

4. The Symphony: History, Parts and Function in Society

During the Classical Period, the genre of symphony was considered the highest form of instrumental music. In this lesson, we'll look at how the symphony developed and the part it played in Classical-era culture.

Classical Era Opera: Mozart and Popular Operas

5. Classical Era Opera: Mozart and Popular Operas

Classical era opera offers a dramatic reflection of the society of its time. Read on to learn about opera seria and opera buffa, the two popular styles of Classical era opera.

Classical Era Composers: Mozart, Haydn & Beethoven

6. Classical Era Composers: Mozart, Haydn & Beethoven

Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven are the three composers who epitomize music's Classical period. In this lesson, we'll explore their life stories and learn about the kinds of music they wrote.

Mozart: Operas, Symphonies & Piano Concerti

7. Mozart: Operas, Symphonies & Piano Concerti

Mozart was one of the top composers of music's Classical period. In this lesson, we'll look at three categories of his greatest works: the genres of opera, symphony, and piano concerto.

Haydn: Symphonies and Compositions for String Quartet

8. Haydn: Symphonies and Compositions for String Quartet

Franz Joseph Haydn was one of the preeminent composers of music's Classical period and also one of the best jokesters in the history of music. In this lesson, we'll focus on two music genres in which Haydn stood out: symphony and string quartet.

Beethoven: Symphonies & Shift from Classical to Romantic

9. Beethoven: Symphonies & Shift from Classical to Romantic

It's not every day that a musician comes along and changes the world's perception of music, but that's just what Ludwig van Beethoven did. In this lesson, we'll explore how his nine symphonies helped inspire the intense 19th-century musical style called Romanticism.

C.P.E. Bach: Biography, Symphonies & Works

10. C.P.E. Bach: Biography, Symphonies & Works

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was part of the large and talented Bach family of the Baroque period. He served an important role in the transition from the Baroque period to the Classical. In this lesson, we will learn about his life and music.

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Biography & Music

11. Christoph Willibald Gluck: Biography & Music

An award-winning, Classical-era composer, Christoph Gluck is best remembered for his contributions to the operatic genre. He's largely responsible for the reformation of the genre into the serious form we know today.

Classical Concerto: Definition & Form

12. Classical Concerto: Definition & Form

In this lesson, you will learn about the classical concerto. You will understand what instruments would perform a concerto, the form of the concerto and its movements, and how its development still affects modern concertos today.

Classical Era of Music: Timeline, Characteristics & Facts

13. Classical Era of Music: Timeline, Characteristics & Facts

What many call 'classical music' is actually composed of three separate periods, spanning more than 300 years of music. During this time, music changed dramatically as composers and instrumentalists found new ways of using instruments that very often were just then being invented.

Contralto: Definition, Range & Singers

14. Contralto: Definition, Range & Singers

In this lesson, you'll learn about the rarest and lowest variety of women's singing voices: the contralto. You'll learn about how the contralto voice compares to other female voice types, and you'll also get an introduction to some famous contraltos.

Domenico Scarlatti: Biography, Music & Sonatas

15. Domenico Scarlatti: Biography, Music & Sonatas

As the composer of over 500 harpsichord sonatas, Domenico Scarlatti is the most important keyboard composer of the Italian Baroque. In this lesson, we will learn about his background, his music, and the importance of his sonatas.

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: History, Analysis & Composer

16. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik: History, Analysis & Composer

This lesson focuses on Mozart's serenade, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. It provides details on the composer, the Classical era of music, and a brief analysis of the piece's four movements.

Franz Joseph Haydn: Biography, Music & Facts

17. Franz Joseph Haydn: Biography, Music & Facts

Discover how Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) reached a position of fame and wealth and also how he greatly influenced the music of his time. Following this, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.

Franz Liszt: Biography, Music & Facts

18. Franz Liszt: Biography, Music & Facts

Franz Liszt was a virtuosic pianist and composer who epitomized the Romantic period. In this lesson we will learn about his life, his music, and the ways in which he revolutionized the piano concert.

Leopold Mozart: Biography & Trumpet Concerto

19. Leopold Mozart: Biography & Trumpet Concerto

Did you know there was more than one famous Mozart? Wolfgang Mozart's father, Leopold, was a very talented musician himself, although he is best remembered today as the father of the famous child prodigy.

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Biography, Facts & Music

20. Ludwig Van Beethoven: Biography, Facts & Music

While many people have heard of Beethoven, and even recognize the introduction to ''Symphony Number 9'' or the ''Ode to Joy'', few know must the depths of this particular composer's influence on Classical music. Learn about his life and his music and test your knowledge with a quiz!

What is Classical Music? - Definition, History & Composers

21. What is Classical Music? - Definition, History & Composers

While many now think of Classical music as stodgy and stiff, the style itself began as a rebellion against the heavy influence of the Church in music. Classical music gave audiences a complete idea to the power of newly perfected instruments.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Biography, Compositions & Accomplishments

22. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Biography, Compositions & Accomplishments

Playing music by age 3, composing by age 5, writing an opera at age 14, and dead at 35, Mozart packed a lot of accomplishments into his short life. Learn more about one of the most influential composers of all time.

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