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What is Music?
Transcript of What is Music?
Circle of 5ths
Strong vs. Weak
Long vs. Short
Equal vs. Unequal
Regular vs. Irregular
A logical succession of musical pitches arranged in a rhythmic pattern. An important part of melody is rhythm. The notes vary in pitch and duration.
The distinctive quality of tone of a sound.
The design of music, incorporating repetition, contrast, unity, and variety. The organization of music, its shape or structure.
Try this online metronome.
Click on Andante
click on presto and
hear the difference!
The combinations of long and short, even and uneven sounds that convey a sense of movement. The movement of sound through time.
The vertical blocks of different tones that sound simultaneously; a progression of chords.
The volume of sound; the loudness or softness of a musical passage.
The Elements of Music
Dr. Carla Piper
Click on the left/right arrows on the bottom of the screen to move to each musical element. You can also click anywhere on the page to view the elements, definitions, or YouTube videos. Read the definition and play the YouTube video example. Then click to move on to the next musical element.
Visit the SF Symphony Orchestra Percussion Section
Listen to the haunting melodies played by Lucia Micarelli on the violin and Christ Botti on the trumpet.
Handel's Hallelujah Chorus is a great example of harmony: both homophonic - when everyone sings together at the same time forming chords with the melody on top - and polyphonic - when each part sings a melodic line with the notes of each countermelody forming harmony.
Student Studying Musical Form and Analysis
1) Why study musical form?
2) How is form usually taught and what is wrong with this method?
3) Basic units of formal hierarchy.
What is Timbre?
Video introducing Music Interface Matrix Cables but also provides a great overview of the
Musical Overtone Series
Audio Frequencies, Fundamentals and Harmonics
Haydn's 2nd Movement of his "Surprise" Symphony is an excellent piece for exploring dynamics. Note the p for piano and pp for pianissimo at the beginning - and then the big surprise after the 1st 2 phrases - ff fortissimo!
The metronome app video on the left shows tempo markings, number of beats per minute, time signatures, note values, etc. Yes, there is no music....just the ticking of a metronome! The 2nd video from Yamaha shows you how a musician relies heavily on a metronome for tempo. "Timing is everything."