resource reviews—Dr. robert Greenberg
—Contributed by ETAF
Who is Dr. Robert Greenberg? He is an American composer, pianist, and
musicologist who has composed more than 45 works for a variety of
instruments and voices, and has recorded a number of lecture series on
classical music history and music appreciation.
the teaching company lecture series
Dr. Greenberg is, perhaps, most publicly renowned for the over 25
college-level courses and over 500 music lectures he has delivered for The
Teaching Company on a wide range of classical music composers and classical
music genres, on subjects ranging from the music of Mozart and Beethoven to
operas by Mozart and Verdi.
- What is The Teaching Company? See Electricka's Resource Review on he Teaching Company:
- See a list of Dr. Greenberg's current course offerings and a brief
rundown on his background at The Teaching Company page called Robert
Dr. Greenberg's Teaching Company and pre-concert lectures have justly
received critical and popular acclaim; they are some of the best courses
available on their respective subjects (see below).
Each lecture is aimed at a general audience and is taught at a level that
requires no preparation, has no classroom course prerequisites, and assigns
no homework; yet music students and professionals can enjoy and profit from
them as well as can an audience with no musical background. His material is
thorough and evinces a scholarly familiarity with his subject, yet it is
always well organized, clear, insightful, interesting, and easy to
He has an engaging personality and he clearly enjoys what he's doing. There
is nothing pedantic or stuffy about him or his ideas. When he lectures, his
digressions, anecdotes, jokes, and other interjections are anything but
distracting and they never stray far from the subject matter; they only help
him make his point or enlarge on it. His enthusiasm is infectious; it seems
to suck you in. Despite having delivered over 500 lectures for The Teaching
Company and countless others for school students and classical music
audiences, he never seems to tire or lose his enthusiasm, vigor, or spirit.
He's in love with his subject.
Dr. Greenberg's Teaching Company course on Understanding the Fundamentals
of Music compares favorably with most college-level introductory music
appreciation courses and is taught with a unique approach and from a fresh
perspective; it is unlike many of the dull, stuffy, plodding
courses that are common among their breed. That's quite a trick!
Dr Greenberg is truly a resource for the arts.
In his capacity as composer, he has written 45 works for a wide variety of
instrumental and vocal ensembles that have been performed all over the
world, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, England,
Ireland, Greece, Italy, and the Netherlands.
Greenberg has lectured for some of the most prestigious musical and arts
organizations in the United States, and is the resident composer and music
historian to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered radio
At the time of this writing he is music historian-in-residence with San
Greenberg earned a B.A. in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University
and received a Ph.D. in music composition, from the University of
California, Berkeley, where
He has served on the faculties of the University of California at Berkeley,
California State University at Hayward, and the San Francisco Conservatory
of Music, and has lectured for some of the most prestigious musical and arts
organizations in the United States, including the San Francisco Symphony,
the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Van Cliburn Foundation, and
the Chicago Symphony.
His many honors include three Nicola de Lorenzo Composition Prizes and a
Koussevitzky commission from the Library of Congress. He has been profiled
in various major publications, including The Wall Street Journal; Inc.
magazine; and The London Times.
More about Dr. Greenberg
- For more information about Dr. Greenberg, see his biography at the
Wikipedia page called Robert Greenberg:
Dr. Greenberg's courses are available in audio on audio cassette
and audio CD, and on video (on DVD and video tape) through the
ETAF-Amazon Association, as well as at The Teaching Company web site.
As of this writing, Dr. Greenberg has recorded over 30 courses and, no
doubt, more are on the way. Amazon's offerings for Dr. Greenberg's courses change continually.
For these reasons, it is impractical to provide links to his courses individually
However, there's an alternative available to us. To conveniently locate all of Dr. Greenberg's courses currently
offered at Amazon without linking to individual courses, The Muse suggests that
you visit The Teaching Company's Everything Else page at the Amazon web site and manually scan
it, looking for Dr. Greenberg's courses. When you find one of interest,
By the way, any courses shown on The Teaching Company's Everything Else page that you purchase when you
visit Amazon directly from Electricka's web site, whether or not courses by
Dr. Greenberg, will help the arts and ETAF because they all count as an