Music Appreciation Online


Course Overview

  • Course Length:

    1 semester.

  • Course Credit:


  • Program:

    Homeschool Advantage – NFC Academy Teachers – Accredited

    Home School Plus – Home Teacher – Accredited

    Home School Basics – Home Teacher – Not Accredited

  • High School:

    Grades 9-12

  • NCAA Approved

    Not a Core Course.

  • Accredited:

    Cognia-SACS, Middle States, FACCS

The goal of this semester-long course is to provide instruction in basic musical elements, trace the development and growth of classical music, and give students a strong foundation for a greater appreciation of music. Students will examine music in the world around them and discover how they experience music. They’ll be introduced to the basic elements and sounds of music and instruments. Students will learn the names and backgrounds of several famous musical composers. Students will also learn how and where classical music began, how it developed over the centuries, and the ways in which music and culture affect each other. Lastly, students will examine the ways modern music has been influenced by classical music.

Music Appreciation for grades 9-12 takes students from hearing music to active listening. Journeying through the development of classical music throughout history, students examine how music provides enjoyment and reflects the world around them. With this dynamic, media-rich elective, students learn effective techniques for listening and responding to music. Music Appreciation is part of a comprehensive online learning environment created for today’s tech-savvy students. With anytime access from an Internet-connected computer, students learn with 21st century tools like animation, video clips, and a handy text-to-speech option.

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Course Concepts & Samples

Curriculum Focus

  • Discovering Music: Students Will Learn the Basics of Listening to, Responding to, and Participating in Music, Including Completing Independent Projects That Utilize Engaged Listening Skills; Students Will also Understand Music from Other Cultures.
  • Music Fundamentals: Students Will Understand the Fundamentals of Music, Including Key Concepts such as Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Form, Expression, and the Types and Categories of Musical Instruments.
  • Beginnings of Music: Students Will Examine Early Music History, Spanning from Medieval Times to the Baroque Era, and Complete Focused Research and Writing Projects on the Topic.
  • Developing Music: Students Will Explore a Variety of Classical and Romantic Music, Continuing to Participate in Independent Engaged Listening Projects to Continue Advancement of Key Skills.
  • Modern Music: Students Will Focus on Music of the Twentieth-Century, Including Popular, Broadway, and Film Music, Culminating in Project Requiring Students to Attend and Critique a Classical Concert in Their Community.
  • Course Review and Exam: Students Will Complete a Full Review of Key Course Concepts, and Demonstrate Their Mastery Through a Final Examination.

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