Welcome to “Classical Tyro”

If you would like to know more about classical music, you have landed in the right place. This website is designed to introduce people to the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and many of the other great composers whose compositions have stood the test of time.

The term “classical,” when applied to music, is often misused and difficult to define. For now, let's simply say that it refers to European-based art music of the last 500 years. The term “tyro” refers to a person who is learning something new, 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 music embedded on this site. Check the site often for updates (especially the blog) and over time you will begin to discover the power of classical music to calm your mind, purify your soul, 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
Blog
Articles about the power of music (mostly), but also the art of teaching, the importance of the humanities, and other miscellanea. (Click here for an archive of blog titles.)

Beginner’s Guide
Information about a variety of topics designed to introduce tyros to classical music and the musicians who perform it.

Presentations
Information about Jim's presentations on music and links to a few web pages containing supplemental information for those presentations.

Publications
Information about books written by Jim Smith and links for purchasing those books.

Archive
An archive of Jim's blog entries organized according to category.

About
Information about Jim Smith and his work as a history teacher, writer, and consultant.