The Great Music & Musicians series provides a foundation for understanding the major cultural periods, musical styles, and development of music through the ages. Book 1 provides a foundation for understanding the major cultural periods from the Greco-Roman era to the present. The book and CD include art and listening examples that offer an opportunity for discussions. Each unit includes an overview and historical background, a closer look at important musical developments, art to provide further insight into life during the time, a short summary, listening suggestions, and a written review. Book 2 provides an overview of major keyboard composers and literature, as well as information about the development of the piano and related cultural trends. Included are unit summaries, review activities, and a listening guide with downloadable MP3s.