Welcome to “Classical Tyro”

This website is designed as an introduction to the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Beach, and other great composers whose work 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 (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
Beginner’s Guide
Information about a variety of topics designed to introduce tyros to classical music and the musicians who perform it.

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

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

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

Articles about the power of music (mostly), but also about the art of teaching, the importance of the humanities, and other miscellanea (including a few postings on Billy the Kid).

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