Exploring Bach's St. John Passion

If you've heard of Bach's St John Passion but never really listened to or explored it, then this course is for you.  Whether you already enjoy music appreciation, or even if you’re a complete beginner, this course will help you get to grips with this amazing piece of Easter-time music.

It's designed for home-educators, but works just as well for any interested adults. This course makes the St John Passion accessible.

Use this course to introduce older children to the Passion as part of their music appreciation programme.

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Use this music appreciation programme to get familiar with the St John Passion at any time of year, or even right at the time it was designed for. Three Lent listening schedules help you to plan out your listening studies to suit your calendar.

Music appreciation made easy

This course does all the background work for you!  Historical notes and information are included to help understand the purpose of the St John Passion.  The English version of the magnificent two-hour oratorio is thoughtfully divided into manageable listening sessions to help you get to grips with Bach's masterpiece. Links to the audio and lists of helpful resources are included. There are great suggestions for follow up activities to help turn this into a cross-curricular study too. No further purchases are required - just open this course and go!

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Table of Contents

How to 'do' music appreciation
What should I do when listening?
Helpful resources
How to use this course
How to use each listening session
Using this resource during Lent
Background Information
Introducing J.S. Bach
Introducing the St. John Passion
Why this version of the Passion?
Further resources
Enrichment activity suggestions
Going further
Bonus - Passion art appreciation
Listening Portions
Listening session overview
Session 1
Session 2

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

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