The Story of Great Music

The Story of Great Music | History and Appreciation

(7 customer reviews)

$25.00 / month

Turn music history from a daunting subject to an entertaining part of your homeschool with the engaging performances and accessible writing of this course.

Class only available in monthly subscription format.


Take an exciting tour through the development of Western music. This new online class merges the history of composers and their works with engaging video performances. It also provides audio playlists and recommendations for building your own listening library of classical music.

We designed this course for students without any musical training. But it can also provide a robust historical guide for music students wanting to connect the dots between periods, composers, instruments, and performance styles.

The course could fill a fine arts elective for high school students, provide a handy chronological reference for parents who want curated playlists for family listening, or serve as a pre- or post-concert guide to your next family musical outing.

  • In-depth written materials on each musical period and composer of note through the beginning of the twentieth century
  • High-quality performances of the music
  • Quizzes and research projects
  • Audio and video playlists and recommended recordings

Credit: 1/2 HS Elective Credit (fine art, music, art appreciation, humanities)

License: This product is licensed per family.  For group or co-op usage, each family will need to purchase a subscription.

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Thomas Purifoy, Jr.





  1. The Renaissance
  2. The Early Baroque Era
  3. The Baroque Era: Handel
  4. The Baroque Era: Bach
  5. The Classical Era: Haydn
  6. The Classical Era: Mozart
  7. The Classical Era: Beethoven
  8. The Romantic Era: Early German Romantics
  9. The Romantic Era: French Romantics
  10. The Romantic Era: Masters of the Piano
  11. The Romantic Era: Romantic Opera
  12. The Romantic Era: Brahms
  13. The Romantic Era: Romantic Nationalism
  14. The Romantic Era: Russian Romantics
  15. The Modern Era: Early Modern Composers
  16. The Modern Era: Modern Nationalism

Lessons include some or all of the following steps in our Learning Management System:

  • Read a background essay which takes you through the development of music over the centuries
  • Watch live video performances curated from the web
  • Review a summary of the lesson and new vocabulary
  • Complete quizzes in listening and vocabulary
  • Complete a project or research
  • Go deeper with video and audio playlists for continued learning on the go

7 reviews for The Story of Great Music | History and Appreciation

  1. Paula L (verified owner)

    Wonderful tips and suggestions for getting started. Not your average “Here is a piece by Composer XYZ.” and that’s it.

  2. Kate B (verified owner)

    Incredible music history information. We learned so much!

  3. Lisa N (verified owner)

    Loving the quality and breadth of the music my student is being exposed to. She often shares what she’s learning in this class with me.

  4. Dana M (verified owner)

    We love the Story of Great Music course!

  5. Sarah F (verified owner)

    It was a lot of reading on the screen. We didn’t like that as well. It was a “no man’s land” for us in that the student that didn’t have a lot of music thought the theory was impossible to understand. The music child found the class to be redundant to what he knew and not very exciting.

  6. Veronica B (verified owner)

    Usually I find lots of mistakes in descriptions of Early Music, but this time I didn’t feel like punching the screen.

  7. Michelle K (verified owner)

    just a little to advanced for daughter

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