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Musical Criticism

What is Musical Criticism? The Encyclopedia Britannica defines Musical Criticism as a branch of philosophical aesthetics concerned with making judgements about composition or performance or both (1).  It has its beginnings in the eighteenth century when it was designed to provide commentary on “classical music.”   Today music journalists review songs, albums and live concerts, profiles… Read More ›

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Music and Mathematics

Study of Sound Music and mathematics, can they be classified into the same category?  To make music, you must know how to break “sound” into elements of pitch, rhythm and tempo (1). Science teaches us that sound is vibration, and the frequency of vibration is what makes different sounds. Music then is the study of… Read More ›

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Concertos Described

Origin of the Term Concerto What does the term “Concerto” mean?  How would you describe one?  What is it about them that make them fun to listen to? In earlier times the term “concerto” was “concert” in Italian.  Use of the term described works that involved voices and instruments in which the instruments had independent… Read More ›

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Need for Music Staves and Clefs

Reading Music Using Clefs   Have you ever wondered how a musician knows what notes to play? While it isn’t necessary to read music it helps if you want to play a composition written by someone else. If you take a look at a piece of sheet music you will see the notes are notated… Read More ›

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Protest Music: How it Works

Music Has a Role in Protests   Over the years protest music has proven to be one powerful medium for drawing people together. Not only is music able to comfort the soul, it is also able to provoke individualistic thought and opinion. Accounts describing music’s power to effect the collective consciousness of groups of people… Read More ›

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