String or Percussion Is the piano, an instrument invented about 1700 in Italy, a string or a percussion instrument? To begin, there is disagreement about the answer. The following is a review the arguments. Why do People Think The Piano is a String Instrument? By definition a string or stringed instrument creates sound by… Read More ›
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 ›
Virtually all types of music forms are being written today. Technology continues to play an important role in the development of 21st century music. Composers use recording tapes as a compositional tool. Electronically generated sounds are used both on their own and in combination with traditional instruments. Some are manipulating the performance of instruments in real time.
The Psychology of Musical Preferences Do you believe that a peek into your music collection will provide clues as to your character? Do your musical preferences reveal inner thoughts and feelings? Do you use music to manipulate your emotional states? Not surprisingly, there are two distinctly different opinions on the subject. The first is that… Read More ›
Exploring the Role of Percussion Instruments For a composition to be effective it must contain two of music’s basic elements – tone color (timbre) and dynamics. These two elements contribute to the feeling of motion and movement in music. Musical instruments provide the tone colors. The combination of rhythm, melody, harmony, dynamics, tone color and… Read More ›