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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

What Is Music?

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 55 min), 8 readings, 3 quizzes
9 videos
1.1 - Introduction5m
1.2 - Popular Music and Classical Music Compared6m
1.3 - Music and Emotions4m
1.4 - How Do We Hear Music? Sound Waves and the Ear6m
1.5 - Music Thrills Us, Music Chills Us1m
1.6 - Why We Like What We Like? It's Nurture2m
1.7 - It's Nurture: The Syntax of Western Music5m
1.8 - Why We Like What We Like? It's Nature8m
8 readings
Begin Here10m
Syllabus10m
Suggested Readings [Update]10m
Spotify Playlist10m
Course Certificate10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Pre-Course Survey10m
Mentors' Library10m
3 practice exercises
Popular Music and Classical Music Compared4m
How Do We Hear Music? Sound Waves and the Ear10m
Why We Like What We Like? It's Nature12m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

How Music Works, it's Magic.

4 hours to complete
18 videos (Total 147 min)
18 videos
2.2 - Introduction to Musical Notation5m
2.3 - Rhythm: What is It?10m
2.4 - Hearing the Downbeat, Feeling the Emotion11m
2.5 - Tempo (and How We Feel About It)5m
3.1 - What is Melody?3m
3.2 - Melodic Notation and Scales9m
3.3 - Major and Minor Scales6m
3.4 - The Chromatic Scale4m
3.5 - How We Feel About the Music: Mode and Mood4m
3.6 - Melodic Structure: The Tonic2m
3.7 - Modulation: Changing the Tonic (of the Key)8m
3.8 - Phrase Structure in Music: Beethoven's Ode to Joy14m
4.1 - Harmony: A Distinctly Western Phenomenon12m
4.2 - Chord Progressions and Cadences10m
4.3 - Melody and Harmony Working Together7m
4.4 - Major and Minor Triads8m
4.5 - Hearing the Harmony11m
10 practice exercises
Beat, Meter, and Rhythm10m
Hearing the Downbeat, Feeling the Emotion10m
Tempo (and How We Feel About It)8m
Melodic Notation and Scales14m
The Chromatic Scale10m
How We Feel About the Music: Mode and Mood6m
Phrase Structure in Music: Beethoven's Ode to Joy2m
Harmony: A Distinctly Western Phenomenon10m
Chord Progressions and Cadences4m
Major and Minor Triads8m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

The Sound of Music

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 142 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
8 videos
5.2 - Musorgsky Makes a Wagon Move in Music10m
5.3 - The Four Families of Instruments18m
5.4 - Building a Symphony Orchestra12m
6.1 - Musical Texture13m
6.2 - Musical Form34m
6.3 - Musical Style14m
Office Hours I 27m
1 reading
Module 3 YouTube Playlists10m
6 practice exercises
Why Do Instruments Sound Differently, One From Another?6m
Musorgsky Marks a Wagon Move in Music6m
Building a Symphony Orchestra8m
Musical Texture6m
Musical Form8m
Musical Style2m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Music Back in the Day

3 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 125 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
13 videos
7.2 - Gregorian Chant7m
7.3 - Monasteries and Convents6m
7.4 - The Chant of Hildegard of Bingen4m
7.5 - Early Polyphony7m
7.6 - Polyphony at the Cathedral of Reims: Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame8m
7.7 - Dance Music of the Court12m
8.1 - Introduction to the Renaissance4m
8.2 - Humanism in Music5m
8.3 - Musical Instruments and Dances20m
8.4 - The A Cappella Motet12m
8.5 - Reformation and the Counter-Reformation15m
8.6 - The Madrigal14m
1 reading
Module 4 Youtube Playlist10m
6 practice exercises
Gregorian Chant10m
The Chant of Hildegard of Bingen6m
Polyphony at the Cathedral of Reims: Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame8m
Musical Instruments and Dances10m
The A Cappella Motet14m
The Madrigal10m

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