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The Complete History of Music, Part 1: Antiquity & Medieval Music

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What you are going to learn

The origins of Western music taught through examples, conversation, and context. 

If you've ever looked at a medieval instrument, and wondered how it was played, this course is for you. If you've ever watched an episode of Game of Thrones and wondered about the music, this class is for you. If you've ever wanted to learn how they come up with music for video games like Skyrim, Zelda (any of them), or anything else set in a medieval-esque world, this class is for you.
Here is a list of some of the topics we will cover:
  • Music of Antiquity
  • "Early" Music
  • Music of Mesopotamia 
  • Early music instruments: Harps and Lyres
  • The origins of music notation
  • Music in Ancient Greek culture
  • Music in Greek philosophy
  • Music in the early Christian church
  • Gregorian Chant
  • Sacred and Secular music
  • Boethius
  • Pathagoras
  • Hexachords
  • The Guidoian Hand
  • Poetry in Music of the Midevail perioud
  • Hildegard Von Bingen
  • Versus
  • Goliard Songs
  • Minstrels
  • Bards
  • Troubadours
  • Motets
  • And much, much more!

Dr. J. Anthony Allen

Music PhD, Producer, Composer, Instructor, Professor, Author, & Ableton Certified Trainer. 
Dr. Allen is a professional musician, top-rated online instructor, and university professor. In 2017 the Star Tribune featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. He currently teaches at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, Slam Academy, and Punkademic Courses.

Course reviews

Fascinating stuff and presented in a logical and straightforward manner. If you are also learning music theory this is an incredible complement to help understand how all those "rules" developed - the context of the music we know. Be entirely aware that this is a wonderfully presented history of WESTERN music - and you will not be disappointed.
- Steve Davis
I used this class to prepare for my graduate placement exam. It highlights the important parts of each historical period through the Early Baroque and follows the textbook quite closely.
- Richa Namballa