The Complete History of Music, Part 1: Antiquity & Medieval

The origins of Western music taught through examples, conversation, and context. Learn about medieval music composers.


What you’ll learn

  • In this course, students will learn about the earliest forms of music made by humans (that we know about), and how it became what we know as music now..
  • Students will learn how Gregorian Chant works, how it is notated, and how it was used in the medieval area in worship..
  • Students will learn how traveling bards and troubadours went town-to-town using music to convey the news of the day..

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 5 lectures • 9min.
  • The Beginnings –> 5 lectures • 16min.
  • Ancient Greece –> 5 lectures • 22min.
  • The Early Christian Church –> 4 lectures • 23min.
  • Music Theory in the Middle Ages –> 4 lectures • 20min.
  • Chant –> 5 lectures • 26min.
  • Secular Music of The Medieval Period –> 7 lectures • 28min.
  • Developments in Music –> 5 lectures • 19min.
  • Wrap Up –> 3 lectures • 7min.

The Complete History of Music, Part 1: Antiquity & Medieval




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

If you’ve ever looked at a medieval instrument, and wondered how it was played, this course is for you. If you’ve ever watched an episode of Game of Thrones and wondered about the music, this class is for you. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how they come up with music for video games like Skyrim, Zelda (any of them), or anything else set in a medieval-esque world, this class is for you.

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

Topics Covered:

  • Music of Antiquity
  • “Early” Music
  • Music of Mesopotamia
  • Early music instruments: Harps and Lyres
  • The origins of music notation
  • Music in Ancient Greek culture
  • Music in Greek philosophy
  • Music in the early Christian church
  • Gregorian Chant
  • Sacred and Secular music
  • Boethius
  • Pathagoras
  • Hexachords
  • The Guidoian Hand
  • Poetry in Music of the Medieval period
  • Hildegard Von Bingen
  • Versus
  • Goliard Songs
  • Minstrels
  • Bards
  • Troubadours
  • Motets
  • And much, much more!

Dr. Allen is a university music professor and is a top-rated Udemy 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.

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

In this course, we will focus the entire course on the Antiquity and Medieval Periods.

By the end of this course, if you follow along, you will be ready to move on to the Renaissance period – coming in part 2!

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) **

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


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

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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


Students who register for this course will receive ongoing exclusive content and discounts to all future classes in the series.

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