Musical eras

In music studies, musical eras are very broad historical periods of time. In music they are often classified as follows:

  • Prehistoric
  • Ancient (before 500 AD)
  • Early (500–1760)
  • Common practice (1600–1900)
  • Modern and contemporary (1900–present)


source: adapted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_music#Eras_of_music