Notes: What is Music? 1/7/14

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What is Music? Intro to Music Appreciation




Music is the art of expression through the use of arranged tones and or lyrics. 


What does it mean to you?:

Music is very important to me.  Sometimes I here a song that reminds me of Jenny and it makes me very happy. 


To A Musician:

To a musician, music is their life. They eat, breathe, and live music. Music is their passion.


To The Causal Fan:

For others, music is a hobby, a pastime. Music is something that arouses interest and is pleasurable. The casual fan may learn about music, how to read music, how to sing, or how to play a musical instrument, but they do not have the all-encompassing passion a musician possesses.


Music is a means of relaxation for some, while others simply enjoy listening to the sounds, melodies, and rhythms that music brings to their ears, minds, and hearts.

Music Redefined

Music is Science:

It is exact, specific; and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor's full score is a chart, a graph that indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.


Music is Math:

It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions, which must be performed instantly, not worked out on paper.


Music is a Foreign Language:

Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not English; but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.


Music is History:

            Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation often even the country and/or racial feeling.


Music is ART: Music allows a human being to take all these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling, emotion, call it what you will.