Dr. Carolyn Reynolds provides critical context in this course for teaching music classically. She covers a history, perspective and understanding of music that will integrate it with your other studies and unpack its significance for human wellbeing. Learn how to approach music instruction in ways that will shape and bless your students in this essential course. 

This course follows the organizational scheme below:

  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1: A Different Way of Looking at Music (46 minutes)
  • Lesson 2: Time, Space, and Content (40 minutes)

  • Lesson 3: The 5 Basic Elements of Music (50 minutes)

  • Lesson 4: Music and Text (52 minutes)

  • Lesson 5: Standards and Judgement in the Arts and the Concept of Beauty (42 minutes)

  • Lesson 6: Why and So What? (44 minutes)

Dr. Carol Reynolds weaves energy, humor, and history into everything she does. After a career as a professor at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, she and husband Hank moved to a ranch and began creating Fine Arts courses for students and adults, available at ProfessorCarol.com. Fluent in Russian and German, Dr. Reynolds has led educational tours to Russia, Germany, and arts centers in the US. Now on behalf of the Smithsonian Institute she speaks to audiences in the Holy Land, the Caribbean, and across the Atlantic, and leads arts tours to Eastern Europe.

Please Note: ClassicalU is currently developing a certification to accompany our course offerings. The certification credit component of this course is now active but also undergoing refinement and testing.

To obtain a certification credit for this course, simply complete the quiz that follows each presentation in the course, and then also take the certification test at the end of the course. The quizzes are designed to ensure that you have understood the essential content of each presentation, and they can be taken more than once if necessary. The cumulative certification test at the end of the course is given as a pass/fail test and requires that you upload one short essay (of 600 to 750 words) demonstrating your understanding this course. When you have completed the course, a certificate that you can print or email will magically appear under the “My Courses” section of this website.

For this course, the the essay assignment is:

In 600 to 750 words, describe the essential qualities that a good teacher of Great Books should possess. 

Please allow approximately 2 weeks for essay submissions to be reviewed.

By taking the course for certification credit, you also will be on your way to obtaining a Level 1 certification.

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