Music is a moral law.
It gives soul to the universe,
wings to the mind, flight to the imagination,
and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
Dutch Masters: The Age of Rembrandt
An independent art historian introduces you to the creative and talented people who made the art of Holland so special.
Great Masters: Haydn-His Life and Music
Explore the unqualified musical success of Franz Joseph Haydn with an esteemed music historian.
Great Masters: Liszt-His Life and Music
Discover why Franz Liszt was known to be "a continual alternation between scandal and apotheosis."
Gain a new level of listening sophistication as you learn to open your ears to a composer's creative intentions.
Symphonies of Beethoven
See how Beethoven revolutionized musical composition and created works of unique beauty, power, and depth through the history and analysis of Beethoven's nine symphonies.
How to Draw
Experience the joy of drawing - a skill anyone can learn - in this brilliantly designed course that teaches you how to draw landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and more.
Bach and the High Baroque
Join Professor Robert Greenberg to explore the emotional power, religious devotion, technical virtuosity, diverse national styles, and sheer genius of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Learning to Play Guitar
Discover the joy of playing, reading, and understanding music from a master teacher, in this hands-on course.
The Great Works of Sacred Music
Discover the greatest masterworks of the sacred music tradition, from early church music to the modern era, in this engrossing course taught by a professor of musicology.
How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals
Discover how color influences your brain—and how you can use those insights to your advantage—in this eye-opening course from a best-selling author and expert on design.
Music as a Mirror of History
Discover the fascinating ways in which great works of music have interacted with historical events, in this eye-opening course taught by a celebrated composer and music historian.
Chamber Music of Mozart
Examine the music and the man behind it with a music historian as you study and enjoy a variety of chamber works drawn primarily from Mozart's "golden years.” Focus on works that represent the three types of chamber music…
30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World
Behold great masterpieces of antiquity and prehistory in this visually rich course that travels around the world highlighting stunning works of art from ancient cultures.
How to Look at and Understand Great Art
Featuring masterpieces from 250+ of the world’s greatest artists, this in-depth guide to the practical skill of viewing art will help you reach new levels of appreciation.
Beethoven's Piano Sonatas
Examine 32 piano sonatas with Great Courses favorite Professor Robert Greenberg as he combines music, anecdotes, and humor to highlight classic pieces.
Fundamentals of Photography
Get an in-depth and highly interactive tutorial on how to take better photographs in this thorough course taught by an award-winning National Geographic photographer.
Music and the Brain
Discover what happens when melody meets the mind in these entrancing lectures on the neuroscience of music.
The Guide to Essential Italy
Let The Great Courses and Smithsonian Journeys take you on a rich and diverse tour that explores the crown jewels of Italian civilization.
The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works
Experience the profound joy of landmark creations by Haydn, Beethoven, and others in this survey of orchestral works considered the greatest in Western history.
The World's Greatest Churches
Discover sublime masterpieces of architecture, art, and faith in this enthralling journey to the greatest Christian churches, basilicas, and cathedrals around the world.
The Art of Travel Photography
An award-winning National Geographic photographer presents a cohesive set of best practices for getting great photos when you take your camera on the road!
The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works
Explore the greatest solo works ever written for the greatest instrument ever created in this exciting and fun course by famed musicologist Robert Greenberg.
How Music and Mathematics Relate
Gain new perspective on two of the greatest achievements of human culture—music and math—and the unexpected and fascinating connections that bind the two together.
National Geographic Masters of Photography
Go inside the creative process of 12 National Geographic photographers and gain insights into how to approach your own images and improve your photographs.
How to Listen to and Understand Opera
Discover the great beauty and high artistic achievement of opera with this brilliant course by acclaimed musicologist Robert Greenberg.
How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition
Forever change the way you listen to music with this outstanding course that explores the history, composition, and sublime accomplishments of Western concert music.
Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre
Take a dazzling virtual tour through the Louvre’s remarkable collection of European paintings from the late medieval period through the early 19th century.
A History of European Art
Take in the full sweep of European art from Gothic cathedrals to Cubism in this spellbinding and visually-dazzling course taught by an acclaimed art-historian.
I am always doing that which I cannot do,
in order that I may learn how to do it.
– Pablo Picasso