The Complete History of Music, Part 2

——   Created by Jason Allen

The Renaissance

Share this course:

3h 28m
Lesson time
Skill levels
or $15/mo for unlimited courses
Sign Up

More about this course


This class is for anyone who has wondered about the origins of music, how it came to be, and where it came from. 

In this course, we will look at the world during the renaissance (approximately 1300 - 1600), through the lens of music. This period begins with the church dominating most music, but ends with "the reformation", in which many churches split off from the catholic church, which had a big impact on the music in those churches. We will also look at what was happening outside of the churches musically, including songs, instruments, minstrels, choirs, and more.

Topics Covered: 

  • Politics of the world during the renaissance
  • Europe during the renaissance
  • Musical training
  • The music of Josquin Desprez
  • The age of the castrato
  • New compositional techniques in the renaissance
  • New tuning systems in the renaissance
  • The dawn of printed music
  • The music of John Dunstable
  • The polyphonic mass
  • The music of Dufay
  • Chanson
  • The music of Busnoy
  • The Mass in the renaissance
  • The music of Ockeghem
  • The reformation's effects on music
  • Music in the Lutheran church
  • Music in the Calvinist church
  • Music in the Church of England
  • Catholic music after the reformation
  • Jewish music
  • The amateur musician
  • The development of song in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and England
  • The Italian madrigal
  • Instruments of the renaissance
  • Dance Music
  • And much, much more!

While a lot of history courses focus on memorization, this is a course for those interested in immersing themselves in the music and culture. You won't find lists of dates to memorize here - this class is designed to be fun and enjoyable.

This is the first part of a multiple-course series. 

In this course, we will focus the entire course on the renaissance period. 

By the end of this course, if you follow along, you will be ready to move on to the Baroque period - coming in part 3!

Please click the "Take This Course" button so you can start learning about the history of music TODAY!


Praise for Courses by Jason Allen:

⇢  "It seems like every little detail is being covered in an extremely simple fashion. The learning process becomes relaxed and allows complex concepts to get absorbed easily. My only regret is not taking this course earlier." - M. Shah

⇢  "Great for everyone without any knowledge so far. I bought all three parts... It's the best investment in leveling up my skills so far.." - Z. Palce

⇢ "Excellent explanations! No more or less than what is needed." - A. Tóth

⇢ "VERY COOL. I've waited for years to see a good video course, now I don't have to wait anymore. Thank You!" - Jeffrey Koury

  "I am learning LOTS! And I really like having the worksheets!" - A. Deichsel

⇢  "The basics explained very clearly - loads of really useful tips!" - J. Pook

⇢ "Jason is really quick and great with questions, always a great resource for an online class!" M. Smith

The course project

Please download the attached worklist for documentation of all the pieces discussed in the course and youtube links.

Project: An Essay on Your Favorite Music

Pick a piece from the "Works Played In This Course" PDF (included), and write a short (1-page) essay about what appeals to you in. Factors to consider:

  • The Harmony: Is harmony the most appealing thing?
  • History: Is the history of the piece, and what was happening in the world at the time the thing that makes it moving?
  • The Composer: Is the composer what appeals to you? What was happening in this composer's life when the piece was written? Is it an early work, middle work, or a late work for this composer?

40 Lessons

free preview
Copyright Notice
free preview
Previously on "Complete History of Music..."
What is the Renaissance?
Europe in the Renaissance
Music in the Renaissance
Chapels and Training
The Music of Josquin Desprez
The Age of the Castrato
New Compositional Techniques
Tuning Systems
Printed Music
England's Influence
The Music of John Dunstable
The Polyphonic Mass
View more lessons +
Enroll in this course for $19.97
or $15/mo for unlimited courses

Class benefits

24/7 streaming access
30 day money-back guarantee
Project included
Teacher Q&A
3h 28m of video content
1 downloadable file
Have a coupon?

About the instructor

J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator …

View full profile

Access unlimited courses for only $15 per month

Start your 14 day free trial. Cancel at any time.

Join Today