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Adventures in Classical Music: The Modern Period

$50 20 Sessions
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Adventures in Classical Music is a comprehensive history of classical music, following a musical timeline from the Middle Ages through the 21st century, preceded by an intro to the elements of music, exploring each element in turn.

There are 6 courses in the series:
1. The Elements of Music. If you have an interest in learning about the components of music (rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form, tempo, dynamics, timbre), this course is recommended. It will also help prepare you for what’s to come in the series.
2. Middle Ages and Renaissance Music. This broadly covers the history of music from around 1000 CE to the year 1600, looking at the influence of the Christian church, and eventual emergence of secular music, including the madrigal.
3. Baroque Period (1600-1750). Here we have the first flowering of instrumental music, as well as the beginnings of opera. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi.
4. Classical Period (1750-1927). In this period we see the birth of the symphony, as well as chamber music. Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.
5. Romantic Period (1827-1900). This covers the history of music after Beethoven, including music of Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Brahms.
THIS COURSE— 6. The Modern Period (1900 to the present). Copland, Gershwin, Barber, Shostakovich, many more.

I don’t require a textbook, but if you wish to complement your studies, the textbook that most closely parallels this course is The Art of Listening by Jean Ferris.

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About Bill Neely

Though I've lived in San Francisco since 1977, I grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, which is just outside of Boston. I attended University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, with minors in Music History and Conducting. I then went to University of Colorado in Boulder, where I got my Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance.

I have been teaching at Santa Rosa Junior College since 2000. Prior to that, I had taught at Napa Valley College. I have taught Applied Voice, Repertoire and Diction in 4 languages: German, French, Italian and English, General Music Appreciation, Music Appreciation: The Romantic Period and Music Appreciation: 20th Century, in addition to general Music Appreciation.

In my other life, I am a classical singer in the San Francisco Bay Area, enjoying performing in many operas, musicals and choral concerts. Since 2002, I've also been a sometime extra-chorister with San Francisco Opera. Some of my favorite solo performances have been the title roles of Mozart's Don Giovanni, Sweeney Todd and The Man of La Mancha, Baron Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca, Count Almaviva in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Danilo in Lehar's The Merry Widow, Voltaire/Pangloss in Bernstein's Candide, and most recently, Dr. Falke in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.