Welcome to “Classical Tyro”

If you are new to classical music and would like to know more, you have landed in the right place. This website is designed to introduce people to the world of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, and many of the other great composers whose music has 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, 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
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 information about books written by Jim Smith and links to purchasing those books on Amazon.

"The Swinging Rabbit" is Jim Smith's blog to celebrate teaching and promote the humanities (especially music).

This page provides information about the mission of this website.