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Yale University

Introduction to Classical Music

Yale University via Coursera


Using a simple and enjoyable teaching style, this course introduces the novice listener to the wonders of classical music, from Bach fugues to Mozart symphonies to Puccini operas.

Taught by

Craig Wright


4.7 rating, based on 25 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.

    This is one of the best courses I have taken so far.

    The educator teaches in a correct way all the elements regarding the understanding the classical (an even general) music and forms of art.

    I consider this course very hard, especially because there are a lot of materials to learn from. I created a document where I kept my notes and it is +47 pages long. But don't get me wrong, it is a course for total beginners.

    Even though, I would take it again.
  • Dave Rawlings completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I'm the most unmusical person in the world (so my wife says), and had no knowledge of classical music before starting the course. I found some of it challenging, especially the sections that concentrated on the technical aspects of the music. Nevertheless I felt I gained a lot, now have a little knowledge, and enjoyed the course. The professor's approach is very engaging and covers the historical development very well.
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    Pam Gould

    Pam Gould completed this course.

    I thought I was going to learn a bit about western classical music, but I learnt an huge amount about 'music' as a whole. Craig Wright is an engaging and enthusiastic teacher. He has inspired me to learn more about medieval music. I've downloaded the course and have referred to it many times when studying other music MOOCs. Brilliant!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I am currently taking this course and can not get enough of it! He explains everything in depth so that you gain a proper understanding of classical music, its differences to pop music and many other things. a great course taught by a great teacher!
  • Natalie Vaughan

    Natalie Vaughan completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    An excellent, comprehensive well presented introduction to western classical music. Highly recommended for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge of classical music!
  • Rachel Schultz completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This is a great course, especially for music lovers. Very interesting. The teacher is understandable, and the music sounds great!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Truly an exhilarating and outstanding experience.
    Our Professor and Guide took us through the sessions through excellent historical research as well as well designed acoustic and virtual presentations.
    His beautifully structured theoretical insights introduced the uninitiated to the musical mysteries and opened the fantastic world of Western Classical music to the students.
    Highly recommended for all music lovers.
  • Lada A.
    Great opportunity to learn about classical music from a masterful teacher, who provides the music theory, cultural history and more needed to really appreciate the pieces as he guides you through the centuries.
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    Christopher Gidley

    Christopher Gidley completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Great introduction to classical music. Does not assume any prior knowledge (but it can help if you have some). Starts at the beginning of written music to progress all the way to the present time (post-modern era). Talks about the major composers within 24 hours (although a few major ones are left out, but can be found in his book). Highly recommend!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I did misstage. I dont want to Begin this class. English Language i too difficult for me. I have not started, but had to buch ”taking right now ” to het this letter away.
    Helena Perkkalainen
  • Joseph Alagbe is taking this course right now.

    I have really been longing to take an online course on music buy am very poor to sponsor myself and I will be happy if I can be sponsored and taught well and also be given a certificate.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Se ve muy interesante el curso, pero veo que es en ingles y pues me parece mal que solo esté en un idioma no da la opción de tomarlo por falta del manejo de este.
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