Robert Greenberg

Historian, Composer, Pianist, Speaker, Author

Robert Greenberg’s The Great Courses Available for Direct Download!

Robert Greenberg MusicDr. Robert Greenberg, best selling creator of audio and video courses for The Teaching Company/The Great Courses since 1993, is now offering those courses for direct download, right here on!

These courses are crafted and produced for lifelong learners and offer a learning experience that goes far beyond anything that can be achieved merely by placing a camera in a classroom.

The 27 courses currently available constitute a full-blown musical curriculum, a curriculum that divides the courses into “basics” and those that “dive deeper”. Explore these categories below:

The Basics

How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, third edition. This is The Great Courses’ “Music 101”, 48-lecture survey spans nearly 2500 years of Western music, from the music of ancient Greece to the year 1913. (FYI: this course was named by Inc. Magazine as being “one of the ten great leadership classics you’ve never read”, or watched as the case may be.)

How to Listen to and Understand Great Opera.  This series offers a broad survey of the single most important genre of Western music to have emerged over the last 400-plus years, opera.

Understanding the Fundamentals of Music. This course expands on the vocabulary and listening skills first introduced in “Great Music” and “Great Opera.”

Music as a Mirror of History presses home the point that since the High Middle Ages, Western music has been both a reflection of, and a metaphor for, the larger culture norms prevalent at the time of its composition.

Great Music of the 20th Century picks up where How to Listen… leaves off, and offers a detailed examination of the music of the 20th Century.

Dive Deeper


This course category consists of the 10, 8-lecture courses in the Great Masters Series. Each of these courses focuses on the life and music of a different composer: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Robert and Clara Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Stravinsky, and Shostakovich.

Opera Courses

These courses focus on the lives, times, and musical stage works of three operatic masters: The Operas of Mozart, The Life and Music of Verdi, and The Music of Richard Wagner.

General Repertoire

This course category focuses on repertoire composed for specific musical genres: The Symphony, The Concerto, The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works, and The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works.

Repertoire by Composer

These courses focus on repertoire by specific composers: Bach and the High Baroque, Concert Masterworks, The Chamber Music of Mozart, The Symphonies of Beethoven, The Piano Sonatas of Beethoven, and The String Quartets of Beethoven.

Context is Everything

Whatever their particular content, all of Greenberg’s courses are informed by the truism that context is everything. Musical “style” – the generalized “sound” and expressive norms of the music of a particular time and place – is a function of the larger cultural environment (the “context”) of that time and place.

As such, music history is indivisible from cultural, religious, economic, and technological history, and thus each of Greenberg’s courses discusses music in the context of a broader social history.

What Will You Need Before Getting Started?

Robert Greenberg’s courses were created for the interested listener, and require by prerequisite only a willing ear and an open mind.

Everything is Included

All courses downloaded from come complete and with all written materials and companion guidebooks in PDF format, unlike The Great Courses purchased from Audible and many other affiliates.

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