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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....

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Mar 6, 2019

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.


Oct 15, 2020

Wonderful course where Craig Wright delves into all eras of classical music and takes you along for the wonderful ride! Craig Wright is one of the best instructors I have come across! Enjoy the ride!

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By Amalia J S

Jun 28, 2021

it was excellent, I'd just like the text in a file in case i want to review the information for the tests

By Kimberley J

Jan 3, 2020

A nice guide to classical music. I find the quizes too easy and too easy to do again until you get 100%.

By Yaakov H

May 11, 2017

simply wonderful, but hated his gregorian chant bit. as well assumes you know a bit about music theory.

By Ruan P

May 27, 2020

Wonderful course which would have been better if I could access the text outside of the US.

By kundan p

Dec 21, 2015

Nice! I am enjoying it!!

explained in simple language, so it is easy to understand.

By Samya K

Jul 19, 2020

Slightly boring at some times but overall engaging and extremely diverse and fun.

By Meral S

Sep 25, 2021

It is not only theoretical but also you can hear and observe what you learned.

By Samuel G

Jan 27, 2021

Good course to start learning and enjoying about Classical Music

By Joy S

Jan 7, 2017

Super long. Super informative. Loved the Beethoven week.

By Ana R P H P

Aug 13, 2021

A traducao em portugues é muito má, tem muitos erros.

By Jeff B

Jan 17, 2020

Great course! I wish I had taken it 50 years ago!

By Juan C A E

Aug 1, 2020

It was really fun until the last two weeks.

By Marco C

Jul 6, 2020

Very good. I want some more


Sep 29, 2020

Fantastic Course

By Abhishek D

Aug 15, 2016

Amazing teaching

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By Diane A

Jan 14, 2023

I thought I was going to learn about the history of music. But I learned much more than that: I learned that I need to listen, not just hear, the music. And then I learned how to listen. I have loved classical music all my life, and I am an accomplished pianist. But I will from now on listen much more intelligently, and my listening will be even more rewarding.

However, I had some problems enjoying this course. The quizzes were really squirrely. Some of them asked trivial questions (in what order did Bach visit cities in Germany), some were irrelevant (in what order do sound waves reach the brain), and some asked questions that weren't covered in the video lectures. Professor Wright didn't always explain terms, and this would be a problem for someone who didn't know much about music. Some of the lectures didn't contribute much to the course. I didn't care for the video with the classical guitarist (Solomon Someone). I enjoyed hearing him play and explain one of my favorite Spanish guitar pieces, but the lengthy discussion about how he hurt his hand should have been edited out. In fact, the video seemed to be an advertisement for the guitarist. I didn't care much for Craig's performances. When he demonstrated points by playing, I was stunned at his tempi, and his performance of the Chopin Nocturne was mechanical, lacking nuance. Finally, I think it's tacky for a professor to require his/her own book for a course. It's a fine way to sell one's book. I did buy one of his books and didn't care for it at all.

By Eric M

Jan 20, 2024

Craig is smart, articulate, and talented. I loved the videos in front of his class when he was demonstrating various musical concepts. I started losing interest when the focus switched from learning about music to answering questions about cities and dates. He's sparked my interest in learning more about the actual music, so I'm exploring YouTube videos and podcasts now devoted to that. If the class had stopped before the quizzes where I had to remember city names, I'd have given this 5 stars.

By Deleted A

Feb 26, 2017

The content is interesting but the videos are quite long. Also, in the audit version all quizzes are blocked.

By Emil

May 13, 2019

Not exactly, what I've expected, but one could learn a few new things. It is informative.