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Music Appreciation - The History of Western Music

During this 12-week course, learners will study the history of western music, starting with Ancient Music and traveling through time to Present-Day Film Music.
Angelia McArthur
207 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 8 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
40 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 12 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

The learner will:
*listen and describe music of notable composers.
*identify and classify instruments.
*read and write simple rhythm patterns to play along with music.
*create simple soundscapes and compositions.
*identify the elements of music in recorded examples such as dynamics, tempo and form.

National Music Standards
*MU:Cr2.1.5b Use standard and/or iconic notation to document personal rhythmic ideas.
*MU:Pr4.3.5a Demonstrate and  explain how intent is conveyed  through interpretive decisions and 
expressive qualities (such as  dynamics, tempo, timbre, and 
*MU:Cn11.0.5a Demonstrate 
understanding of relationships  between music and the other arts, other disciplines, varied contexts, and daily life.
This class is an expanded version of the Composer of the Week ongoing classes and a culmination of lessons that have been created over 28 years of teaching experience. Materials are created by the teacher. This class would be equivalent to a semester of 4th-6th grade general music and is aligned with national music standards. If you would like a preview of the teacher's structure and style, there is an ongoing composer class that would be a great intro to the teacher -
Listed below are the assignments for each week. The pacing of this course may be adjusted as needed and in some cases homework may be started and/or completed in class as time allows.

The reading assignments are short reading passages with a few questions to answer, the online quizzes are through Kahoot!, and the listening passages will be posted on a webpage to be used for this class only.

Week 1
Renaissance Music Reading
Listening Palestrina

Week 2
Palestrina Online Quiz
Listening Vivaldi

Week 3
Vivaldi Online Quiz
Classical Music Reading
Listening Haydn

Week 4
Haydn Online Quiz
Listening Beethoven

Week 5
Beethoven Online Quiz
Listening Saint-Saens

Week 6
Saint-Saens Online Quiz
Listening Joplin

Week 7
Joplin Kahoot
Listening Seeger

Week 8 
Seeger Online Quiz
Listening Ellington

Week 9
Ellington Online Quiz
Listening Webber

Week 10
Webber Online Quiz
Listening Williams

Week 11
Williams Online Quiz

Week 12
Last class - no homework
Each week learners need writing and coloring supplies as well as weekly handouts that will be posted to the classroom. Scissors, glue and blank paper will be used on some weeks. Optionally, the learner may choose to organize materials in a folder or small binder. For week 1, learners need 1 number cube (dice) for a game. For weeks 3, 4, 6, 9, and 11, learners can use instruments or found sounds from home to use in our four seasons composition. For week 8, learners can use a keyboard, recorder, xylophone, or a virtual instrument that has pitch. If you don't have any of these, the teacher will be using instruments as well to create a class composition. Additional materials will be posted on Outschool as needed.
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Learners will be formally assessed through class participation and weekly assignments. Upon request, the teacher will keep track of assignment grades and provide a grade report. Please let the teacher know if you would like a grade report before class starts.
40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Learners will be given a link to a webpage that is just for their class. The link is on the teacher's website and will include listening selections and other materials for the class. There is no account or sign in required.

Learners will be given a link and PIN to a Kahoot! quiz that can be taken online or through the app. No account or sign-in is required.

Learners will need to use scissors to cut apart manipulatives on some  weeks. They may prepare the materials ahead of time and might need assistance with using scissors.
Kahoot! ( will be used for online quizzes and no sign in is required.

Weebly ( The teacher will post materials and listening selections on a webpage that is unpublished and only for this class. No sign-in is required and the link will expire when the class is over.


Angelia McArthur
Lives in the United States
Music Teacher, BME
207 total reviews
316 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is Mrs. McArthur and I teach MUSIC! I am a Texas certified all-level music teacher with 28 years of teaching experience, 26 years in public schools and 2 years experience online. I have taught preschool through eighth grade General... 
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