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Fundamentals of Music: An Overview
Transcript of Fundamentals of Music: An Overview
to Fundamentals of Music
Over the centuries, music has moved
the process of representing
sound and silence with symbols
We consider this system a
About This Class
Fundamentals of Music is what is
generally considered a
often come in having
of understanding about music
One of the natural outcomes of this class
is that all students will leave with the
of musical knowledge
Depending on how much you already know,
some sections of this material might contain a
lot of material that you already know.
...because you will likely pick up some finer points
of music that just might surprise you
(and wind up on a quiz)
When this happens...
As the English language has changed
through the centuries, so has music.
is constantly added,
from its earliest usage
...up to today.
In this semester, this class will cover the basic terms.
Early terms are in Italian
thanks to the early influence of early,
Italian Baroque musicians (1600-1750)
We still use most of these terms today,
even though modern English words are available...
because music is an international language
because tradition makes it difficult to change
• and because the terminology
is considered rather beautiful
Parameters of Music
Music contains several elements that make it, well, music.
We'll call these elements
The Language of Music
concerns the durations of sounds and silences
The frequency of a note
...the larger the frequency, the higher the note
Organization of rhythm into strong and weak beats
an organized series of pitches that helps structure music into longer and more complete sections
a thickening of the melody by the addition of accompanying pitches occurring vertically
(at the same time)
The predominance of one pitch more than others
A Final Note
about this online class
face-to-face on campus has...
How this compares to
15 weeks of class
3 hours of class each week
3-hour class in a
regulated time to meet for class
15 weeks of class
10 weeks of class
3 hours of class
equivalent of 4.5 hours
of class each week
a set time that class
meets each week
the student is responsible
for listening to and reading
lectures, watching for weekly
reading assignments, homework
assignments, and quizzes
by which the final exam
is taken by the end of the week
to give A's
I want you to get an A!
...but it's up to you.
Check in regularly to complete assignments
Pace yourself, as if you
are actually attending a class
three days each week
Some pointers for making
a good grade in this class...
Email me with questions
Please... do not wait until the due date to ask
Please... do not wait until the end of the semester
Off we go....
All assignments are due
on Wednesdays or Saturdays
Go forth, and do wonderful work...
The last assignment for the first week is a Syllabus Quiz,
which is posted in Blackboard. This is so that you understand what is expected of you in class.
You will not be able to continue into Week 2
until you have completed the Syllabus Quiz.
So, complete it right away. Then you can complete
the other material that is due this week.
Welcome to Fundamentals of Music. Please read
this entire presentation, as it contains important
instructions, as well as a brief introductory lecture.
When you have correctly answered all the questions, the next materials will appear on Blackboard and you may work ahead on content that is available.
This is the end of the overview.
I look forward to helping you this semester!
The Six Parameters of Music
Click play to hear the final result of our example.
(Obviously, Beethoven's music is a little more complicated than our simplified example.)
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