This review session teaches students how to identify the various time periods of Western music history, through careful listening and close attention to the musical-stylistic characteristics of a given piece. Professor Wright plays several musical examples culled from different historical periods, and then guides the students in identifying a variety of musical features that can be used to figure out approximately when the music was written. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction 03:49 - Chapter 2. Identifying Different Musical Styles 17:44 - Chapter 3. Review of Gregorian Chants 22:56 - Chapter 4. Listening Exercises for Modernist and Classical Music 32:25 - Chapter 5. Distinguishing Classical and Romantic Music 41:29 - Chapter 6. Final Exercise and Conclusion
This course fosters the development of aural skills that lead to an understanding of Western music. The musical novice is introduced to the ways in which music is put together and is taught how to listen to a wide variety of musical styles, from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant, to the blues.