Introduction to Classical Music

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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.

Art History Music Chord History

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Taught by
Craig Wright
Henry L & Lucy G Moses Professor of Music
and 8 more instructors

Offered by
Yale University

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1 posts • 30 mentions • top 17 shown below

r/Indiangirlsontinder • comment
6 points • i_m_vibhu

There is a free course on Coursera. Couldn't manage a badhiya partner for this. If you complete this course. Party mere taraf se, obviously after lockdown.

Music theory

Verna chill kar dete hai.

r/classicalmusic • comment
12 points • tatersndeggs

Not a podcast, but this free course from Yale School of Music is great! Covers all the Eras, from Medieval to Present. https://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic

r/classicalmusic • comment
4 points • Stoicismus

well, every composition is by definition a piece. Using the term piece is quite correct, much more than calling everything "song". So you got that right.

Did Bach create this? The piece yes, the title, no. The original title is in italian I believe, but it is not important. They are better well known in today's music world as "cello suites".

Would people understand what you mean? We, classical listeners, yes. Others, I doubt.

If you want the basics I recommend these 2 free courses

https://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic

https://www.coursera.org/learn/edinburgh-music-theory

r/musictheory • comment
1 points • d1thyramb

Sorry for confusing you; Prof. Wright teaches on Coursera, not Youtube: https://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic.

r/IWantToLearn • comment
1 points • ximenean

Have a look at

https://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic

r/vancouver • comment
1 points • tarnishstar

Right now I'm taking the Introduction to Classical Music by Yale University on Coursera. Just because I thought it would be fun. Enjoying it so far! https://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic

r/ifyoulikeblank • comment
1 points • droopybuns
r/classicalmusic • comment
1 points • b-sharp-minor

This one is good. https://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic . They even play on historic museum instruments in some of the lectures.

r/violinist • comment
1 points • EyebrowHairs

I'm no expert at this, but I would say if you really wanted to study music thoroughly you should pursue a major in music. For a more casual study, I'm sure there are classical music appreciation courses and channels online and on Youtube. For example, this one looks promising (https://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic). I also like to listen to podcasts like Sticky Notes and That Classical Podcast. You should also look at r/classicalmusic. Hope that helps!

r/classicalmusic • comment
1 points • -aleph-null-

I think this is a pretty good example: https://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic. You could skim the syllabus for an idea of what it covers.

r/musictheory • post
9 points • parcere
Why do some conductors totter their body or grimace?

From this satiric Youtube video, I focus on pianists who aren't beating any rhythm.

>https://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic/lecture/Ab36b/14-1-piano-concerto-in-d-minor

>During Beethoven's Piano Concerto ("PC") #5 op. 73:

>Friedrich Gulda no more than whirls his right arm while standing. He then stands and jabs and jives at 2 min 6 s.

>András Schiff flutters his left arm, without beating the rhythm.

>In Mozart's PC #21, K. 595, Chad Heltzel twirls both his arms.

>In Rachamninoff's PC #3, Op. 30, Mvt. 1, Andrei Gavrilov flails his wrists above his head. Again at 1 min 12 s, 2 m 1 s, 2 m 24 s.

Prof. Craig Wright at 9 min 54 s of Video 14.1 states of Mitsuko Uchida (also in the video overhead):

>She's not so much beating a beat pattern, but simply emoting [the transcript mistakes this as 'moding'] the music to the orchestra.

But why such overwrought, wacky, facial and body bustle? The orchestral musicians don't need them. Don't they look too overblown and unclear to signify anything to laypeople?

r/Music • comment
2 points • philipmat

I think the best way to listen to classical music, and by the way that's a really gargantuan task, is to start learning it - it is honestly like a language.

r/WeAreTheMusicMakers • comment
2 points • thisislink

I would imagine the best way to get start writing about getting involved in your local scene, is to start being part of the local scene. I applaud people like yourself who have this desire to be part of the local scene, because I think it makes jumpstarting a music career so much easier. With that said, I have some suggestions that hopefully will help.

First, I think you're starting great by documenting your journey to create your first album.

Since you want your next blog post to be a guide on how to get involved in your local scene, if you don't have that experience yet, create a pre-cursor article talking about how you don't know how to do that yet, but as an artist you're figuring it out.

Talk about the things you plan to do to become part of the local scene, why you've started to get back into it, etc. This can be a series, like part 1, part 2, etc.

Maybe, it'll be in part 2 where you start talking about the first thing you've done to be get involved in the local scene, how long it took, etc. Bring people along for the experience.

I think there's stuff you can do with social media to have people join in on the experience and build your fanbase, but it might be better sticking with the website to start. It's up to you really with how far you plan to take things.

I saw on your music bucket list, doing an open mic night is listed #5.

Now, I don't know NYC or the NY area at all, but I asked my world traveled friend Google, and it listed a bunch of places you might want to contact or look into so you can cross that off your list, and start building your fanbase for your album.

Even if you just do covers and not originals, it'll help. Here's the link I found https://www.nyc.com/best-of-new-york/best_open_mic_nights_in_new_york.2159/42/

I don't know your genre or style of music you plan to do, but I did see you write more about hip-hop and R&B music. If you plan to do the same or similar style, it looks like the Nuyorican Poets Cafe is one of the places to be to get involved with. Here's the link to them I found: https://www.nuyorican.org/hip-hop/

If you're finding it tough to get into the local scene yourself, or you're just not feeling ready, try reaching out to the producers, managers, artists, etc. via social media or email.

Tell them you're a new artist in the industry blogging your journey and you'd like to ask them ONE question about the music industry that would help aspiring artists and feature the interview on your site. Don't tell them the question until they reply back to you. Instead, tell them if they're interested in taking the time to answer the one question, reply back and you'll send it to them.

Now, it doesn't have to be 1 question, but it's a little different and it won't take up too much of their time. It might also get their interest piqued to reply back by you not telling them the question up front. Of course, it could be 3 questions or 10, but I'd say the less the better, just to be respectful of their time and yours.

It's up to you if you want to say this next part or not, but you could also mention since you're just getting started, you currently have about 60 readers per month, but you're growing. You think with the advice they have to offer, could really help upcoming artists.

Also, I don't know how accurate that number is regarding your site readership, because it was really hard to find some stats online in the normal places for your site, since you don't have a ton of visitors per month. So, the only place I could find numbers was https://mysitewealth.com/soundsdiscovered.com.html

That site says 2 unique per day, so I just multipled by 30 days.

Now, what's a good number of people to contact for this?

I'd say not to stop at 1 or 2, but 100 might be overwhelming. Just know you need to contact enough people to start getting traction. It should also be fun for you and it will check off some more boxes on your bucket list.

Another place to find venues to check out and artists to reach out to, try SonicBids: https://www.sonicbids.com/find-bands/?location_radius=1&location_geo=40.71427%2C-74.00597&location_str=New+York+City%2C+NY

You have to create a free account to their names and social media info.

If they're active on social and their following isn't so huge where they might actually reply back, hit them up. Heck, it might also be worth it for you to reach out to more well known artists you like, Gourdan Banks.

Typically, because most celebs and artists don't reply back, you can get your feet wet and get over any fears you might have about contacting people.

When you get responses replying back to you, ask them the question you want to ask and thank them.

A little hack you might want to also throw in after you get their answer to your question and their feature goes live on your site, ask them if they have any friends they know who would like a feature on your site.

This could be a good way to spread your name as a musician and grow your blog if they send friends your way.

Lastly, and just for fun: #27 on your Music Bucket List regarding becoming more familiar with classical artists, you might want to check out this course https://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic

TLDR - become part of the local scene by going to open mics, music events and get contact information from social media and places like SonicBids to connect with artists, producers, managers, etc.

Edit: formatting and spelling.

r/classicalmusic • comment
1 points • monetsduets

I don't have many books to recommend, but at the moment I'm reading Alex Ross' The Rest is Noise which covers 20th century music. I really like this style of text, it's informative without being too impersonal as it often is the case in textbooks. I don't read a lot of this kind of non-fiction so I sound a bit naiive saying that, haha.

For online sources, I looooooove going to different orchestra websites and downloading their program books for upcoming concerts. Some orchestras publish some really good info, because they commission wonderful researchers and writers. I also think the information on the Kennedy Center website is wonderful as well (there are pages dedicated to specific composers and pieces): http://www.kennedy-center.org/ - Search Education -> Artists, and you'll need to navigate through living artists/musicians and composers, and sorting them via alphabet will make it easier. Here is the page on J.S. Bach, as an example.

Maybe your college course has already covered this, but Yale also offers an Introduction to Classical Music course for free on Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic

r/violinist • comment
1 points • TrebleStrings

There are some impressive open string duets out there for beginners. One of the Irish fiddle books I use with one of my students has a one-finger jig. Someone who is just trying to keep you busy but not moving forward with you could make it work.

Another option is to study something else to keep you motivated and engaged during what would otherwise be your practice time. There are tons of free music appreciation courses online that don't get into theory or technique at all but would help you when you get into more advanced pieces down the road because you will have a better understanding of the history and culture behind what you are playing.

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/music/music-masterpieces-old-new https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/music/music-instruments-orchestra https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4ihNhN8iN9QPg2XTxiiPJw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRO3eWavWrs&list=PL7CpeP0MYoEPxtIM62RiHZZoCQaHXI6fx https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_yOVARO2Oc&list=PLYNLn8xNeespzhZFbaeyro_DqXe7GNtle https://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic

r/menwritingwomen • comment
2 points • ser_lurk

Music theory is sort of like learning the "grammar" (i.e. structural rules) of music.

People intuitively learn some of the "rules" of music merely by listening to a lot of music. It's much like a person learns their first language as a child. They may not be able to recite or explain the rules, but they will intuitively know what does and doesn't sound "correct" in their language by the time they begin formal education.

If a person learns to play an instrument (or sing), then they will probably become musically literate by learning musical notation, which is how music is written and read. It's like learning how to read and write in their language. Some people learn to play or sing by ear, without ever becoming musically literate.

Music theory is a deeper level of understanding. It's like studying a language academically. You can probably intuitively understand a lot of musical "grammar", but music theory teaches you how and why music sounds the way that it does. You learn the fundamentals of music and how they work in a meaningful way.

Some of the things you may learn in the study of music theory are:

  • Musical Notation
  • Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm
  • Consonance and Dissonance
  • Scales and Modes
  • Chords and Chord Progression
  • Musical Form/Structure
  • Musical Analysis
  • Sight-Reading
  • Ear-Training

In an academic setting, courses in Music Theory - including Sight-Singing, Ear-Training and Musical Analysis as either integrated or separate courses - are generally part of a comprehensive musical curriculum including other musical studies such as Music History, Music Technology, Music Performance, Music Composition, etc. Most of these subjects complement and provide valuable context or synergy with each other.


If you want to begin learning music theory, I would suggest first learning the basics of musical notation, if you haven't already. There are a ton of websites that teach music notation as well as music theory. Here are a few.

A piano/keyboard (or even a guitar) is extremely useful for studying notation and music theory, because you can use it to visualize and play notes, chords, or anything else you are learning about.

There are virtual pianos you can use instead, on your computer/tablet/phone through websites or apps. They won't teach you play a real piano, but they will give you a useful visual of what you are studying.

You can take free university courses in music theory online. There are a plethora of really great lessons in music (and many other subjects) available online now. They run the gamut from blogs and YouTube tutorials all the way to actual Ivy League courses! Many universities are now offering selective course content online for anyone to learn through "Massive Open Online Courses" at sites like edX and Coursera.

Here are a some courses to get you started. Some are for true beginners, while others may require some basic skill or knowledge in music.

If you learn best from reading, it can be helpful to purchase textbooks and supplemental workbooks, if you can afford them. Don't be afraid to buy older editions! Older editions of textbooks are generally much cheaper, and the basics of classical music theory haven't really changed in a while. Newer editions are generally not a necessity in a subject like music. It's just a way for textbook publishers to milk more money out of college students.

You'll want to get staff paper at some point, for musical notation and theory exercises. (It's also called "manuscript paper" or even "blank sheet music".) There are plenty of sites that let you download & print free staff paper, or you can purchase notebooks of it. You can also use music notation software, but if you're still learning music notation it may feel unnecessarily complicated at first.

Useful Tools:

r/intj • comment
-2 points • praying4stars

honestly I do this because I like music a lot and I put more work into this than any of you probably have with anything other than what your parents force you to do. If you don't like it -- cool -- it's literally meant for a completely different audience than the people commenting here; it's trap music guys. if you don't even smoke then save us both the trouble and don't give it a try

I don't see why you guys are so quick to shit on someones hard work. it isn't my goal to 'make it', it's my goal to finish a project for my own reasons, they're personal. If no one in the world likes my music, than I'll still be happy because I set my mind to something and am proud with how it turned out.

also stop pretending you guys are intj's. Ni doms would love the messy flow style because there's always a puzzle to solve with my music. If you can't find them then idk, practice actually listening to music first. https://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic this is a good link that got me started years back. When you learn how to actually enjoy listening to music you'll find yourself in a great place. music is one of the last frontiers in self expression in a world that runs from its own shadow because no one can handle paranoia this day in age