The Complete History of Music, Part 2: The Renaissance

The origins of Western music taught through examples, conversation, and context. Learn about music in the renaissance.


What you’ll learn

  • In this course, students will learn about the music that was happening during the Renaissance, and the social and political environments that influenced it..
  • Students will learn how early polyphony was a keystone to Renaissance music, and become a hotly debated item during the Reformation..
  • Students will learn how songs developed all over Europe simultaneously in Germany, France, England, Spain, and other countries..

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 4 lectures • 9min.
  • The Big Picture –> 9 lectures • 47min.
  • Merry Old England –> 4 lectures • 27min.
  • 1450 – 1520: The Franco-Flemish Composers –> 5 lectures • 27min.
  • The Reformation: 1517 – 1648 –> 6 lectures • 37min.
  • The Song: Secular Music in the 16th Century –> 7 lectures • 31min.
  • Instrumental Music in the Renaissance –> 4 lectures • 29min.
  • Wrap Up –> 3 lectures • 8min.

The Complete History of Music, Part 2: The Renaissance



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.

100% Answer Rate! Every single question posted to this class is answered within 24 hours by the instructor.

Topics Covered:

  • Politics of the world during the renaissance
  • Europe during the renaissance
  • Musical training
  • The music of Jusquin 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!

Dr. Allen is a university music professor and is an award-winning instructor. In 2017 Star Tribune Business featured him as a “Mover and a Shaker,” and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. 

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.

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 win the dinner party with your knowledge of the Renaissance and the unique aspects of the music that was happening during this exciting period of history.

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

** I guarantee that this course is the most thorough music history course available ANYWHERE on the market – or your money back (30-day money-back guarantee – as per Udemy policy) **

Closed captions have been added to all lessons in this course.


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⇢  “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

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  “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



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