Musical Tides: a series for adults dabbling in music

Musical Tides is a 12-week lecture course of live, online zoom classes open to any adults interested in learning about music - including parents of Conservatory students! Musical Tides Lecture Series will be 12 weeks on Fridays from 5:45-6:45PM, taught by our very own Dr. Elizabeth Grunin. Content includes the origins of Western Music, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, music theory geared for adult beginner to intermediate musicians, and the Romantic Era! Set sail on your own musical journey with other like-minded adults who love Classical Music. This interactive Zoom lecture series is designed just for adults. We hope you will join us this Fall!



  • Lecture I: Origins of Western Music Tradition 
    • Become acquainted or refreshed with the musical traditions and influences of the Antique and Biblical cultures. Get to know some of the most prominent composers of the Middle Ages. Delve into the origin of Catholic Mass. Explore the development of early musical instruments.
  • Lecture II: Renaissance and Advances in Polyphony 
    • Music as a business really takes off during the Renaissance. Technological breakthroughs and relative economic stability serve as a catalyst to begin establishing new rules of harmony. Music theory practices that we still use today begin emerging.
  • Lecture III: Baroque Bach 
    • Why is Bach considered a genius? Why is his music revered by the world at large? Sometimes listening to the works by Bach leaves us perplexed, so by talking about Bach and his style we can better understand the Baroque style.
  • Lecture IV: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven 
    • Haydn was the mastermind who created the concept of the sonata-allegro form. Mozart wrote incredible operas. Beethoven shocked us with his symphonies and piano sonatas. The Classical period is the bedrock of Western Music. By studying the works of these composers, we begin to truly see and understand how our musical “grammar” was established.
  • Lecture V: Music Theory Depths 
    • Let’s begin with how to spell musical words. We will get into the nitty-gritty of harmonic analysis by getting comfortable with all of music theory basics. We will talk about different forms and chord progressions. We will analyze real pieces by real composers to see them from the inside out.
  • Lecture VI: Onwards to the Romantic Era 
    • How do composers express the emotional turmoil of the 1800’s? How do they tell the passionate and intense stories with music? The Romantic period was a revolt against the order and balance of Papa Haydn. The young people wanted to let their hair down and yell into the void. Let the luscious harmonies and melodies of Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Wagner, and many others sweep you off your feet.