This class is for anyone who has wondered about the origins of music, how it came to be, and where it came from.
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.

Topics Covered:

  • 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 Medieval period
  • Hildegard Von Bingen
  • Versus
  • Goliard Songs
  • Minstrels
  • Bards
  • Troubadours
  • Motets
  • And much, much more!

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Introduction
    • Copyright Information
    • List of Musical Examples Used in this Course
    • What is “Western” music history?
  • The Beginnings
    • What is Antiquity?
    • “Early” Music
    • Mesopotamia
    • Early Instruments: Harps and Lyres
    • The Beginnings of Notation
  • Ancient Greece
    • Music in Ancient Greek Culture
    • Greek Philosophy
    • Ethos
    • What did it sound like?
    • Meanwhile, in the rest of the world…
  • The Early Christian Church
    • Music in the Early Christian Church
    • The History of Notation
    • Gregorian Chant
    • Sacred and Secular music
  • Music Theory in the Middle Ages
    • Boethius & Pathagoras
    • The Earliest Church Modes
    • Hexachords
    • Guido’s Hand
  • Chant
    • Types of Chant
    • Treatment of Text
    • Examples of Chant
    • More To Chant
    • Hildegard Von Bingen
  • Secular Music of The Medieval Period
    • A very, very, very, brief history of Europe
    • Versus
    • Goliard Songs
    • Minstrel
    • Minstrel Song
    • Troubadours
    • Guilliume IX, Song About Nothing
  • Developments in Music
    • Advancements in the Church
    • Polyphony
    • The 4 Inventions
    • Organum
    • Motet
  • Wrap Up
    • What comes next? The Renaissance!
    • Thanks for watching!

Course Information

Estimated Time: 2.75 Hours

Course Instructor

Jay Allen Author

J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. He currently is an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and is the CEO and co-founder of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.



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