Offering a broad overview of European music in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, this module will also allow you to develop your academic writing skills. Lectures introduce styles and genres of the period, including the polyphonic Mass, the sonata, the concerto, the cantata, and opera. Follow-up seminars focus on individual pieces of music, and provide you with the opportunity to practise analytical and writing skills in small groups. Practical experimentation with Renaissance improvisation and demonstrations of early instruments provide opportunities for hands-on experience with early music styles and techniques. These sessions are geared for all music students and do not require any previous experience in performing early music.