Music Appreciation Week
Baroque Style 1600-1760
"Baroque music expresses order, the fundamental order of the universe. Yet it is always lively and tuneful" (http://www.baroquemusic.org/)
Podcast series which interviews specialists and performers in Baroque Style.
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 (http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Classical_music_era)
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" (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/jazz)
Learn about the history of Jazz at this interactive Jazz Timeline
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)" (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/blues).
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" (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/rock+%27n%27+roll)
Learn about the history of 1950's Rock and Roll