Really appreciate Prof. Wright give us such rich content and sophisticated course. I really enjoy and love it. I am looking forward to seeing more high-level courses from Prof. Wright if there is any.
A truly wonderful introduction to Classical music. Great course content but perhaps most importantly, Professor Wright is perhaps one of the best teachers I've ever had the pleasure of learning from.
By Isabel F•
This MOOC was super nice to do. I wanted to get a bit of theoretical background and ways to describe what I hear. Before, I did not really have the right words to talk about classical music listening experiences. It was great to see the love of music conveyed by the professor. I particularly enjoyed how the connection to art of the respective period was made. That helped me a lot. Highly recommended course.
By Irene H•
Many thanks for a wonderful introduction to classical music. Prof. Wright is a very skillful instructor who used various ways to make the course interesting and comprehensible even for those with little formal training in music. I learned so much from him, the guests, and the TA. I will remember these lessons whenever I go to the symphony or listen at home and have occasions to discuss music with friends.
By SUMITA S•
Absolutely fascinating. Very comprehensive and excellent presentation. I loved the comparisons with visual arts. Professor Wright was amazing. I look forward to more courses on music by him. I took exactly a year to complete the course because of my busy schedule and I am so happy I could reset my deadlines along the way. Thank you very much Professor Wright and Yale University, and of course, Coursera.
By Oberon D•
Having never really taken much interest in classical music I found the initial introduction and teacher captivating. It has now given me a huge love for the style and history in general of music be it classical or not. I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in music and of any level of understanding of music, beginner or expert - you will benefit from this delightful series of lectures.
By Julie D•
A brilliant course with a wonderful lecturer. I now have a far better and broader understanding of music in general, and how classical music was composed in particular. As for Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner...a genius is a genius, and you don't need to have any understanding of music to grasp their greatness but this course helped me see what they were doing to create such musical splendor.
By Hercules C•
Fantastic course, beyond my expectations. Very well organized with a very nice and competent professor who can intelligently teach complicated concepts in a brilliant and easy way. In addition to learn how to listen to classic music, the course stimulated me to further study music. Congratulations, Professor Craig! Finally, but not least, congratulation Yale for the best courses in Coursera!
By Tom D•
A very well structured, balanced and presented course. Mr Wright's presentation is light and humorous without compromising the academic content of the subject matter. He manages to convey his own long standing enthusiasm and passion for music while, at the same time, presenting the supporting facts and historical context in in a very efficient and effective manner. First class throughout.
By Linda L•
This is an excellent course. The visuals and audio material were wonderfully selected and produced an all-round picture of classical music for beginners. Two things disturbed me: the. instructor. always. spoke. in. such. a. choppy. manner. (quite disturbing) and his not so excellent playing on a digital (!) piano didn't make listening enjoyable. You'd think Yale could afford a grand...
By Shannon S•
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Some reviews say it would be easier to take this course if you know how to read music, but I respectfully disagree. I do not have a music background and I found this course easy enough to follow but still challenged me enough to make it interesting. I am happy to say that I will now go on to listen to and enjoy classical music through a whole new lens!
By Mercedes E•
Loved it, Professor. Thanks so much for sharing your passion for music. Took me back to that beautiful magic work of classical music.
Id love to know the name of the piece used on the very last quiz, where we had to identify to which period each piece belongs...Id need the name of the first sample. Female voices singing, modern music. It was kind of Glass stuff, but not sure.
By Scott R•
Really enjoyed this introduction to classical music! Professor Wright was a very engaging and entertaining teacher. Particularly enjoyed how the lives and works of the different featured composers were explained in context of their influences, the art movement of their time and where in the world they were composing. Feel very inspired and would like to try to compose music myself.
By Matt G•
LOVED this course. I've gained so much knowledge and I'm truly sad that this course is over. I've really enjoyed it so much and wouldn't think twice about taking another musical course with Prof. Wright. Highly recommended for any music lovers, no matter your familiarity with musical theory or classical music. Excited to use my newly gained knowledge whenever I hear classical music!
Excellent course. The breadth of topics covered was brilliant. Particularly liked the fact that the course was not limited to just music. Professor Wright covered concepts in painting, dance, and other art forms synonymously with music. Would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to learn not just classical music, but to be able to appreciate just about any kind of music!
By Matthias H•
J'ai adoré participé à ce cours que j'ai trouvé très bien construit, très instructif sans être ennuyeux.
Cela m'a donné le goût d'écouter encore davantage de musique classique et de mieux comprendre les différentes périodes, ainsi que de lire certaines biographies de compositeurs.
Ce cours donne aussi quelques notions sur la lecture de partitions, ce qui peut toujours être utile!
By Tim G•
Professor Craig Wright is an immensely likeable and obviously very knowledgeable instructor.
Post-Beethoven, the lessons tend to shift from a glorious stroll though classical music to more of a sprint, which is perhaps inevitable given the amount of ground to cover.
Coursework is manageable and quiz questions logically follow the material. I immediately want to explore further.
By Karl M•
Highly recommend taking a journey though time and various styles of classical music with Prof. Wright and his collaborators. This course does a great job of showing how classical music originated and changed over time. It also puts music into a cultural context, with particular reference to visual art. You'll come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of music.
By isabella a•
This course is very interesting and professor Craig Wright is very engaging. He's very smart, inspiring and in some moments he even made me laugh a bit. I felt I learned a lot about classical music and it made me want to learn and study even more about the theme. Would recommend it for someone who knows little about the theme but would like to know more, just like me.
By Chen Z•
an excellent course to teach people and coach students who want to learn or who like classical music. A general classical music course introduces the basic concept and representative composers and his masterpiece for listening and learning. The Prof. is kind and he introduces the course with easy to know words, as well as on other background culture and knowledge.
By Omar A C G•
This course is astonishing. When I knew that it was by Yale University I was sure it was going to be excellent, but this course exceeded my expectations. Thank you very much Mr. Craig Wright, from now on you will be part of my life with beautiful memories conected with amazing sensations produced by the music that I listened to in this course. Again thank you.
By Allison T•
This is a fantastic course, chock full of information and thoroughly enjoyable. I particularly appreciate how the musical developments and periods are given context through history and other art forms. The information in this course is invaluable for musicians, but I suspect this class would also be intriguing to students of history or the arts more generally.
By Russell E•
Professor Craig Wright is learned, curious, entertaining, and innovative in getting us to the core of meaning and theory and techniques of classical music. I immensely enjoyed the course, in particular because I love art too, and Professor Wright often demonstrated music in a visual, artistic way! He is a great teacher!
Russell Endo[novice to classical music]
By Priscilla D•
I loved this course. I especially enjoyed learning about the various style periods in music history and the main characteristics of each. I learned about individual composers whose music represented these styles. I learned basic technical vocabulary which gave me an understanding of how music is created. Thank you so much, Dr. Wright and the Yale staff.
By Ralitsa N•
That was a great course, presented in an intriguing way! I highly recomend it to everybody interested in music. The historic persprective was well structured and gave lots of insights to not only what but why and how happened in music. My own understanding is now bigger and deeper and I had a great time listening to our proffessor and his guests. Thank you!
By Daniela A R•
I have to thank Professor Wright for some of the most inspiring and mind-blowing hours of my life. This course gives a comprehensive grasp of the history of classical music but also teaches about art, music theory, architecture, musical instruments. I will never forget how these lessons comforted me throughout the confusing and anxious times of quarantine.
By Tati B•
This is one of the best courses I've ever taken. Even though I'm from Argentina and English is not my native language, Professor Wright speaks very clearly and in such a way it is very easy to understand him, always giving examples and transmitting enthusiasm. I want to thank him and his team for a wonderful experience in learning about classical music.