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Introduction to 20th Century Music

from Cleveland Institute of Music

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This class is an interactive overview of 20th century classical music. Students will examine the changes that happened in music throughout the decade through the works of various composers including Debussy, Stravinsky, Copland, and many more!

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Point to Point: $180.00
By Request: $180.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Public Library: Library Patrons Lifelong Learning

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Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Performing Arts

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

This session is delivered on demand.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

CIM does not allow the video or audio recording of our distance learning presentations.
Registration for distance learning programs must occur at least four weeks prior to the program date.
Upon confirmation of registration, payment of fees will be considered due, and distance learning clients will be invoiced for all applicable fees. Fees paid to CIM for distance learning programs are non-refundable, except in the case of school closings and other emergencies.
Requests for schedule changes made 10 or more days prior to the program date will be considered but not guaranteed.
Requests for schedule changes made less than 10 days prior to the program date will not be considered
Payments are due regardless of any schedule changes or cancellations.
Please note that all times are Eastern Standard Time.

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Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland, OH
United States

The Cleveland Institute of Music is a leading international conservatory that is distinguished by an exceptional degree of collaboration between students and teachers. This same stimulating environment extends to the Institute's community education programs, which help people of all ages realize their full musical potential.

CIM offers many exciting distance learning programs for Pre-K through high school. These programs are informative, fun and highly interactive. In addition to a full array of programs and courses in music, CIM offers a series of interdisciplinary programs that address academic content standards in science, math, language arts, and history. These programs are designed to enliven and reinforce the academic core curriculum

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Program Details


1. Discussion and Musical Example: Preconceptions about Classical Music
2. Demonstration: Tonality; Pentatonic and Whole Tone Scales/Melodies
3. Discussion and Musical Example: Impressionism
4. Musical Selection: Les Sylphides, Chopin arr. by Stravinsky
5. DVD clip: Riot at the Rite
6. Discussion: Compare and Contrast Les Sylphides and the Rite of Spring.
7. Activity and Musical Example: Polytonality
8. Demonstration: Chromatic Scale
9. Activity: Writing a 12-Tone Melody
10. Activity: Making a Human Tone Row
11. Musical Selection: A Survivor from Warsaw, by Arnold Schoernberg
12. Discussion and Musical Selection: Copland and the American Sound
13. Discussion and Interactive Performance: Minimalism
14. Discussion and Musical Selection: John Adams
15. Live Performance/Time for Questions


Students will discover the music of various 20th century composers and the context in which it was created.
Students will explore a variety of composition styles and techniques utilized by composers during the 20th century.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

State Standards

HS I - Beginning
2CE Identify musical terms and symbols for articulation and expression.
3CE Recognize and describe the elements of music.
4CE Listen to and compare various musical styles from the United States, other cultures and historical periods.
6CE Identify the social contexts from which music of various cultures evolved.
8CE Explain the role of technology in researching, creating, performing and listening to music.
HS II- Developing
2CE Identify and trace the development of music forms across historical periods.
3CE Listen to, analyze and describe various music works on the basis of their stylistic qualities and the historical and cultural contexts in which they were created.
4CE Describe the elements of music and their functions.
HS III- Intermediate
2CE Using appropriate musical terminology, critique various music styles from the United States other cultures and historical periods.
4CE Identify and trace the development of the elements of music across historical periods.
7CE Aurally and visually identify the tonality of a given work in relation to intervals and scales.
HS IV- Mastery
2CE Identify and trace the development of the elements of music across musical styles and world cultures.
3CE Analyze various music works from a variety of world cultures, identifying the unique features of expressive content (e.g. role of dynamics, movement, sounds of language-pronunciation and tone colors, style, instruments and accompaniment and ornamentation) and determine how these characteristics contribute to performance style while minimizing stylistic bias.
5CE Aurally and visually identify the tonality of a given work in relation to intervals, scales, primary and secondary chords and key relationships.
HS I - Beginning
1PR Perform a varied repertoire of music representing diverse genres and cultures alone and in ensembles.
5PR Respond appropriately to the cues of the conductor or section leader.
7PR Incorporate technology and media arts in performing or recording music.
HS II- Developing
1PR Sing or play an increasingly varied repertoire of music representing diverse genres and cultures, alone and in ensembles.
HS I - Beginning
2RE Respond to aesthetic qualities of a performance using music terminology.
4RE Evaluate the use of the elements of music as relative to expression in a varied repertoire of music.
HS II- Developing
2RE Describe how the use of elements of music affects the aesthetic impact of a music selection.
5RE Describe the use of elements of music as they relate to expression in a varied repertoire of music.
6RE Incorporate technology when possible in assessing music performances.
HS III- Intermediate
3RE Assess how elements of music are used in a work to create images or evoke emotions.
4RE Explain how the creative process is used in similar and different ways in the arts.
7RE Evaluate how musical forms and performance practices are influenced by culture and history.
HS IV- Mastery
2RE Describe how compositional devices and techniques (e.g., motives, imitation, suspension and retrograde) are used to provide unity, variety, tension and release in a music work