Classical Music Online Courses and Webcasts Presented by The New York Times Knowledge Network

Continued Learning for people in all stages of their life

Building on The Times’s decades of active involvement in education, The New York Times Knowledge Network offers a wide range of distinctive adult and continuing education opportunities, including online courses, programs and Webcasts. Some of our programs are offered directly by The Times, while others are presented in collaboration with universities, colleges and other educational institutions.

Students in our online continuing education classes benefit from the expertise and experience provided by the faculty of renowned educational institutions, and from the full resources of The New York Times. Some courses are supplemented by The Times’ articles and multimedia. Others have The New York Times’ editors or reporters as guest speakers or instructors, sharing their timely insights and informed perspectives.

In areas ranging from art to business, writing to politics, journalism to science, online programs from The New York Times Knowledge Network are as rich and varied as The New York Times itself.

How to Listen to Classical Music – March 1-21, 2012 - For those who want to discover classical music or who enjoy it but aren’t sure why, this delightful three-week course is designed to help students recognize elements unique to classical music and identify favorite musicians and composers. Not a music theory course, not a music history course, this is a joyful listening tour led by The New York Times’ classical music reporter Daniel J. Wakin.

In addition to the daily self-paced lessons, online discussion forums and resources, there will be scheduled live online sessions with the instructor. Conductor James Conlon will join the March 19th session. Live sessions will be archived for future viewing.

Wagner’s Ring Cycle 101 (USC) – March 19, 2012 - As the Metropolitan Opera prepares to mount the first complete performances of a new Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle conducted by Music Director James Levine and Director Robert Lepage in April and May 2012, participants in this webcast will have the opportunity to delve into the significance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in 20th-century history, philosophy, culture, and even film with one of USC’s most distinguished faculty members.

This webcast is part of The USC and New York Times Knowledge Network online continuing education program (, which offers students tailored, practical programs to enhance their professional paths, and the flexibility of online courses for both working and non-working adults.


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