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Course SummaryEarn an Introduction to Music Certificate and learn more about the basic fundamentals of music with this flexible course. Just by watching our short video lessons and taking our quizzes and final exam, you can earn a certificate in just a few weeks that shows your commitment to continuing education.
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About This Course
The quick and engaging video lessons offered in this course help you quickly retain key info on musical composers, elements and styles so you can earn an Introduction to Music certificate in as little as two weeks. Learn about unrequited love songs of the medieval period and the function of the symphony in society.
Who's This For?
Teachers, musicians, agents, radio personalities, or anyone interested in expanding their musical knowledge can take this course.
No prerequisites are needed for this introductory course.
Benefits of the Certificate
A variety of benefits result from this certificate, applicable to both your work and personal life. You can:
- Add this certificate to your resume to demonstrate to current employers your understanding of music fundamentals.
- Include it on your LinkedIn profile to appeal to future employers or potential clients. Some employers might also let you apply this course towards continuing education requirements.
- Use the course to hone your music appreciation skills and improve your social interaction skills.
- Help tutor students in a related field or utilize your new skills to find volunteer opportunities in musical areas.
Introduction to Music Program Breakdown
Elements of Music
Start this course with basic instruction on reading notes on bass clef and treble clef, building scales and determining key signatures. Learn about rhythm, musical forms, melody and harmony.
Opera and Orchestral Music
This chapter introduces you to key parts of an opera, opera types and singers' roles. You'll study the role of instrument sections and the history of the orchestra.
Learn about medieval church music in this chapter, including Gregorian chant and plainchant. You'll examine motets, courtly love songs, female composers and polyphony in the Middle Ages.
Madrigals, sacred and secular music of the Renaissance are covered in this chapter, which also introduces you to composers of the period, instrumental music and forms of dance music.
The Baroque Period in Music
Study the history of the organ and harpsichord in the chapter then learn about the fugue and oratorio, ornate music and Baroque composers. Read about Vivaldi and Purcell, Bach's works and Handel's oratorio.
The Classical Period in Music
This chapter teaches you about classical era musical forms, operas and composers. You'll study Mozart's symphonies and operas, Beethoven's symphonies and Haydn's string quartet compositions.
The Romantic Period in Music
Discover connections between romantic music and art in this chapter, which examines such composers as Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rossini, Schubert, Wagner and Mussorgsky.
Modern Era Music
In this chapter, learn about atonal music, found and prepared instruments and experimental music. Study Debussy, Gershwin, Bernstein and Stravinsky.
You'll learn about swing and syncopation elements of jazz here before taking a look at jazz masters like Louis Armstrong and Cole Porter. Examine compositions from Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie and songs by Ella Fitzgerald.
Musical Theater and Popular Music
This chapter teaches you about Broadway works by Rogers and Hart, Bernstein and Porter. You'll study Rodgers and Hammerstein's musicals and lyrical contributions from Stephen Sondheim.
This chapter covers the essential characteristics and artists associated with rock music.
Explore music of East and West Asia, West Africa and Eastern Europe in this final chapter, which also covers Latin and Oceania music.
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