Fine Arts Curriculum - Kolbe Academy

Fine Arts Curriculum

Music History

Course Texts:

  • Music History Course Plan & Tests (Paid for with enrollment)
  • Discovering Music set (Textbook, 3 CDs, and 8 DVDs)

Course Description:

This course examines Western music as it developed across a three hundred-year period known as the Common Practice Era (from the late Renaissance to the edge of World War I).  It places music at the center of a cross-disciplinary study, emphasizing visual art, literature, cultural and social fashions, and world events, including military and dynastic milestones.  It introduces the student to a wealth of musical and artistic figures, musical terminology, and significant artistic movements.  It presents a solid and diverse body of musical repertoire representing the major trends during the Common Practice Era.  This study corresponds with and complements the stages of Classical Education presented in the Trivium as the student masters terminology and personages, learns to sort out and discern historical periods of style, and discovers the interweaving of forces (artistic, cultural, political, technological, geographical) that shaped Western Art Music.

This course will enable the student to:

  • Understand and use musical terminology and concepts that define Western music, such as: form, recitative, opera, oratorio, concerto, virtuoso, tone poem, and the like.
  • Gain familiarity with artistic, literary, and stylistic terminology and concepts, such as: rococo, Empfindsamkeit, ballad, Romanticism, Impressionism, fin de siècle, and the like.
  • Explore the connection between musicians and authors, painters, philosophers—in short, principal figures who shaped Western cultural life from c. 1600 to the dawn of the First World War (1914).
  • Identify and examine the inter-relationship between Western Music and the sister arts.
  • Place the arts within an overall historical context that includes dynastic, religious, social, and technological aspects of Western Culture.