Music History Class (Music)

Learn about the lives and works of composers representing different historical periods and world cultures. Deepen your connection with music, build musicality, and become better performers while connecting with other students and building important life skills. Discover how important composers have changed the course of music, how music has evolved and influenced other styles, and how to use your knowledge of music history to become a better musician and performer.  

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Ages: 9–adult.

When: 12 Saturdays in the spring and fall semesters. This class is 60 minutes long.

Format: Hybrid setting (in person and online)

Tuition: $400 per semester. Need-based tuition assistance is available to families that qualify.

Additional Information

  • Students must have a diagnosed disability.
  • No previous musical experience is necessary.
  • Students must be able to participate effectively in lessons or classes, and maintain an environment that is safe for themselves and others.

COVID-19 Policy for On-Campus Instruction

The Music History Class will be offered in a hybrid format for the spring 2022 semester. For this semester, students ages 12 and up who are fully vaccinated may participate in the Music History Class on campus. Those students who wish to participate in the Music History Class remotely may do so over Zoom.

The following policies and procedures must be followed for students who participate in person:

  • Students must be ages 12 and older at the start of the semester. 
  • Students must be fully vaccinated at the start of the semester in order to participate in person during that semester.
  • Proof of vaccination (a scan or photo of the vaccination card) must be on file at the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs 72 hours before the semester begins, by 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 26. Note that we cannot accept proof of vaccination at the door.
  • Only one person other than the student is allowed in the building with the student. That person must be fully vaccinated, and proof of vaccination (a scan or photo of the vaccination card) must be on file at the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs 72 hours before the semester begins, by 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 26.  
  • All individuals must be masked at all times when in the buildings. Please note that we are no longer able to accept cloth masks, bandanas, gaiters, scarves, or other non-medical mask alternatives. Acceptable mask types for on-campus activities are now limited to the following, all of which are readily available online: N95, KN95, KF94, a three-ply surgical mask, or a surgical mask doubled with a cloth mask. Vocalists and wind and brass instrumentalists must use specialized masks. Wind and brass instrumentalists must also have and use bell covers. 
  • There will be no waiting in lobbies between sessions. If you must wait, you must do so outside the building.

Watch a slide presentation about the class created by our instructors Nadia Castagna Morin, Marlene Markard, Xue Liu, and Miles Wilcox.

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