Lesson Index
YouTube Playlist

Lesson Index
  1. Schubert | Moment Musicaux No. 3
  2. Bach | Sonata No. 3, Gavotte & Rondeau
  3. Mozart | Eine Kleine Nachtk Musik
  4. Tchaikovsky | The Russian Dance
  5. Tchaikovsky | Reed Flutes
  6. Mozart | Piano Sonata No. 11
  7. Mozart | Sonata No. 16, Movement 1
  8. Chopin | Prelude Op. 28, No. 7
  9. Chopin | Prelude Op. 28, No. 15, “Raindrop”
  10. Handel | Alla Hornpipe, Water Music

The first unit of the music appreciation curriculum focuses on identification and recall of the main melody of each piece. Occasionally, relevant theory-based element of the melody may be pointed out but the primary goal is simply to be able to identify and remember melody.

Another basic but important listening point is the identification of Major and Minor keys (these will be discussed in detail when we cover the topic of musical mode in later sections). Major keys are generally described as “happy” and minor keys are generally described as “sad” but there are many factors that influence our perception of emotion in music.

It is often helpful to think about music in terms of the emotions that we perceive while listening. Initially the goal is simply to identify that music has an emotional character, and that it can change during the music at different points. We make a habit of asking the listener to think up a story or narrative after hearing the music. Aside from programmatic music most classical music does not really have a story that goes along with it, but it can be helpful as a way of identifying differences in emotional content to very young listeners.


YouTube playlist
of all Music Appreciation Melody I selections. This is a list for accessible listening with your students at non-lesson times, while each individual lesson has links to multiple videos for the purpose of instruction.

YouTube Channel
Music at Home’s YouTube channel which includes composer bios, unit playlists, and music theory videos.