I use this handout when my general music students are studying music from different eras. The purpose of this lesson is not remembering the composer or the piece but rather identifying and distinguishing various music eras.
It is hoped that the student will develop an appreciation of vast genres of music. It is also hoped the student will be able to associate historical events and dates with the music of its time.
Have students listen to a musical selection taken from an era then discuss the piece with the class. Have the students record their notes on the handout.