20th Century Music Appreciation for High School

36 Lessons to Earn a 1/2 Credit in High School Fine Arts

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Everything you need to earn a 1/2 credit in fine arts (in 20th Century Music Appreciation) is included right here in the self-paced online course. Go through 36 lessons and earn credit by spending a semester or year on the course. (Instructions are included, as well as how to adapt it to earn a full credit.)

There are printables to print out to keep track of all you've learned. Read the lesson and watch the videos of the music you're learning about.

A wide variety of styles from all decades of the 20th century from America, Europe, and South America are included: ragtime, big band, jazz, opera, ballet, impressionism, expressionism, atonal, serialism (tone row), chance music, guitar, piano, symphony, film music, folk music, rock and roll, and more!

The course is easily adaptable to ages as young as kindergarten and is perfect for the homeschool co-op setting.

Your Instructor

Gena Mayo
Gena Mayo

Gena Mayo is a homeschooling mom of 8 who has been teaching music in various forms for over 20 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Vocal Pedagogy (teaching voice lessons). It is her desire to help all homeschoolers include music in their homeschools.

Course Curriculum

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"Music in Our Homeschool is such a blessing for the busy homeschool mom. The online lessons are quick, informative, and oh-so-easy to implement! Besides pressing print on your computer for optional worksheet pages, the rest is done for you. I love how Gena has included biographical information alongside musical instruction in easy-to-read lessons that children can likely complete on their own. If you're having trouble fitting music appreciation into your schedule, this course just might be your answer." ~Cindy West of Our Journey Westward (Shining Dawn Books) and homeschooling mom of 3

"As a music educator, I appreciate the depth and organization Gena has put into her music curriculum. She provides many interesting facts and resources comparable to my college music history classes for high school students to learn about different composers of 20th Century." ~Kathy Gossen, homeschooling mom of 2, music educator, and blogger at Cornerstone Confessions

"As a mama who isn't musically gifted, but knows the power behind learning the arts-Gena's courses are absolutely perfect! Everything is all laid out for you-no extra work needed. This is a supplement but a full-blown curriculum. It's easy to pace through for older and younger children. Even daddy can take over without missing a beat! I have complete confidence in her courses, and highly recommend them!" ~Dominique Lynn Burleson, homeschooling mom of 4 and blogger at Mama Bear Outpost

"If you're looking for a complete and easy-to-follow online class for your middle and high schoolers to take music appreciation, you'll love this! Gena has created a well-rounded program that makes it easy for students and their parents to follow along and learn about 20th century music in an organized and meaningful way. The videos are engaging and the use of the printouts is helpful and allows students to think more deeply about each piece, and to become familiar with musical terminology. Highly recommended!" ~Erica Johns
Owner of EnrichmentStudies.com; currently homeschooling 4 sons, grades 8-12, all taking this course!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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