Music Appreciation Week

December 10-16

Baroque Style 1600-1760

Learn about the Baroque Style of music

"Baroque music expresses order, the fundamental order of the universe. Yet it is always lively and tuneful" (


Podcast series which interviews specialists and performers in Baroque Style.


Baroque Instruments like clavichord, organ, harpsichord,etc. and Forms like fugal, sonata, chorale, etc. are discussed at this website.

Classical Style 1730-1900

Classical Music’s formality and emphasis on order and hierarchy was a cleaner style, one that favored clearer divisions between parts, brighter contrasts and colors, and simplicity over complexity. 

A melody over a subordinate harmony — called homophony — was preferred. This meant that playing of chords, in unison, became a much more prevalent feature of music, making the tonal structure more audible (


Find out about Instruments of the Classical Orchestra


Play with tempo, rhythm, pitch, harmony, etc. with this interactive website


Learn about Classical Composers

Jazz Style 1915-Present

Jazz is "a style of music, native to America, characterized by a strong but flexible rhythmic understructure with solo and ensemble improvisations on basic tunes and chord patterns and, more recently, a highly sophisticated harmonic idiom" (


Learn about the history of Jazz at this interactive Jazz Timeline

Learn Improvisation

Blues Style 1912- Present

Blues is "a style of music that evolved from southern African-American secular songs and is usually distinguished by a strong 4/4 rhythm, flatted thirds and sevenths, a 12-bar structure, and lyrics in a three-line stanza in which the second line repeats the first: "The blues is an expression of anger against shame and humiliation" (B.B. King)" (


Learn about the Blues

Learn Blues Guitar Fingerpicking

Rock and Roll 50's Style 1950-1959

Rock and Roll is "a form of popular music arising from and incorporating a variety of musical styles, especially rhythm and blues, country music, and gospel. Originating in the United States in the 1950s, it is characterized by electronically amplified instrumentation, a heavily accented beat, and relatively simple phrase structure" (


Learn about the history of 1950's Rock and Roll


1955-1960 Music History