Music Appreciation: Modern Era

Music Appreciation: Modern Era


Instructor: Ms. Seray

Please review course details below.



REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN - Classes start March 2, 2020 and end April 17, 2020 (no classes between March 9 -16, 2020 due to Spring break).


This course can be taken as a sequel to Music Appreciation: Romantic Era or can be studied independently. Students will explore the lives of the great composers in the Modern Era. Biographical profiles of composers from each era will be discussed. Each profile will go beyond describing their life and creative output, to exploring their work in a broader historical and cultural context. Classes will be supplemented with recordings of the great composers’ works in a chronological sequence paralleling each composers’ life.

This course requires a study commitment of approximately 2 hours per week.


  • Gain exposure to various music styles and forms of the Modern period through the analysis of music recordings

  • Study the composers and identify their musical style and influence

  • Understand the progression of music from a historical and social perspective

  • Develop an understanding and recognize the role music played in the Modern Era

  • Develop a greater appreciation of music

  • Complete weekly pre-recorded lectures

  • Participate in interactive online student forums

  • Deliver assessments and/or assignments in a timely manner


  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

  • Recommended age: 12 years old and above.


  1. Kamien, Roger. Music: An Appreciation, 12th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2018.

  2. Binder with loose leaf paper, pen/pencil, and eraser.



Ms. Seray’s musical career spans twenty years with formal education in classical violin performance, music theory and aural studies from the Manhattan School of Music. She has completed all musical education board exams in both New York and Australia, and was a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She has and continues to perform in international orchestra competitions, regional orchestras, chamber groups, theatrical performances, private and corporate functions. For the past ten years, Ms. Seray has provided musical education to homeschoolers, community groups, and private students worldwide. Read more.