Classical Tyro

A Beginner's Guide to Great Music

Welcome to “Classical Tyro”

This website is designed to introduce people to the world of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and all the other great composers whose music has stood the test of time. Whether you are sixteen or sixty, if you would like to know more about classical music, you have landed in the right place.

The term “classical,” when applied to music, is often misused and difficult to define. For now, we'll simply say it refers to European-based art music of the last 500 years. The term “tyro” refers to a person who is just beginning to learn something, a person who has only recently become acquainted with a subject.

And there it is. This site is for Classical Tyros, people looking for a little help understanding classical music and some guidance in how to enjoy it.

So put your headphones on and begin exploring the abundance of great classical music embedded on this site. Check the site often for updates, and over time you will begin to discover the power of classical music to purify your soul, calm your mind, and bring joy to your life.

“So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning.” – Aaron Copland

Website Contents
Articles and videos posted on this page will provide information about all types of music (mostly classical), and the videos will help you become acquainted with the classical repertoire. At the very least, you should have a terrific time listening to some of the greatest music ever composed. Check often for updates.

Daily News
The daily updates posted to this online paper will keep you abreast of what’s current in the world of classical music.

A Beginner’s Guide to Classical Music
This section provides information about a variety of topics designed to introduce you to classical music and the musicians who perform it. The videos alone should be worth the time spent in this section.

The presentations Jim Smith has made to continuing education and lifelong learning students are listed on this page. For classes taught most recently, Jim has created a web page containing materials that supplement what he covered in class.

This section provides links to articles and books that explore the art of listening to classical music.

This page provides information about the mission of this website.

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(author, history teacher, apostle of great music)