When teaching students about music history, I find it helps to have musical examples already at hand. For my adult students, I’ve started making playlists of music from the particular period for them to listen to while they do other things. That way, after they’ve spent some time immersing themselves in the sound, we can discuss what features of the music are particular to the period.
Here is the playlist that I recently provided an adult student to familiarize him with the sounds of the Baroque Period of music (1600-1750). Hope you enjoy!