Modernist composers went beyond writing new music, to reinventing music itself. Listen to their astonishing expressions of psychosis, memory, and faith.
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Spanning two world wars, the advent of the automobile, airplane, and radio – the Modernist Era’s revolutionary music reflects a massive cultural upheaval.
Born the streets of New Orleans, jazz grew through dance, entertainment and pop to become high art, touching nearly every popular music style on the planet.
Driven by new audiences hungry for sensation, the heroic Romantic Era celebrity composers drove performers to unsurpassed levels of instrumental virtuosity.
Way beyond candlelit dinners, Romantic-era composers fascinated new audiences with extreme musical tales of love, death, nature, and the supernatural.
One of the best ways to make a name for yourself is to cover songs by other artists. An even better (and possibly, even more fun!) way to get noticed is to be creative in your arrangement.
Check out how these artists put their own strange twists on some popular hits.
Classical Era composers mastered musical form to frame their myriad thoughts and emotions. Learn how to listen for form in the music of Beethoven and Haydn.
While not currently a chart-topping genre in it’s own right, blues saturate the roots of rock, pop, hip-hop, R & B and nearly every popular music worldwide.
What makes pop pop? While drawing from several other genres, like rock, hip-hop, country, and R & B, pop music has its own musical and cultural qualities.
Spanning a half-century of musical mayhem, rock genres range from Surf to Heavy Metal to Punk, Grunge and beyond. Find out what makes rock, well, rock.
Hear what you play, and play what you hear: crucial skills for any musician. Violinist Eloise Hellyer teaches teachers how to teach, and learn, listening.
Music reading is often taught first. But when we learn first by ear, our musicality emerges much more easily. Singing connects listening with music-making.