Instructor: Raghavendhira CR
Course Meeting Times
Lectures: 3 sessions / week, 1.5 - 2 hours a session. (104 sessions)
The course begins with a review of elements of pitch, elements of rhythm, and progresses to the introduction of scales, intervals, and tonality; notation of rhythm and meter, rudiments of harmony; and the concept of musical structure and form, taught from a sound to symbol approach. Sight-singing and ear training are pursued concurrently with keyboard and written theory. Musical materials to be studied will include selected multicultural folk music and art music examples. This is a performance-based class; in order to succeed in this class, students MUST sing and perform on instruments. The use of a broad range of individualized musical materials, active exploration, and personal discovery will lead the student to grasp the nature of the interactions and relationships that bring meaning to music.
Several short compositions for solo instrument/voice or small chamber group, as assigned. Completion of one song for voice and piano. Completion of composing/producing music for a specific scene from a movie. Completion of one chamber music composition for the instrument(s) and piano or for three (or more) melodic instruments. Timely completion of assigned listening, reading, and score study; participation in discussion of the assigned works. Attendance in at least 90% of the classroom sessions is required. Performances or rehearsed readings of the student's exercises and compositions must be organized and accomplished by each student.
Topics to be covered:
Basic Elements of Music
The Basics of Rhythm& Tempo
Introduction to Pitch
Simple, compound times
Basics of simple, compound time notation
Irregular Time signatures
Scales, Modes & Moods
Building Diatonic chords
Developing Production Skills
Rhythm, melodies, words in music
Intervals and transposition
Using Chromatically altered chords, Jazz chords, Polyvalence
Song Writing skills
Writing for SATB
Pre-Bach Italy: The Birth of Opera
France & England Pre-Bach
Transition into the Romantic Period
Modernism - The age of Atonality
Writing for an Ensemble
Instruments of an orchestra
Idiomatic writing for instruments
Symphony ( An overview)
Composing For Motion Picture
Sound and picture
Use of Atonality
Scoring to the cuts
Music as the storyteller
The language of Film.
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These exams focus on analytical concepts and procedures, and require an extensive knowledge of music history in the Western classical tradition.
Everyone should play at least one instrument. I truly believe that. Every person on Earth should be able to sit at SOME instrument and be capable of making beautiful music.Playing the piano makes you feel (and look) sophisticated. Truly. No matter who you are or how many warts you have, you'll just exude class the second you begin tickling those ivories. Piano playing keeps your brain active. It's very hard for your brain to rot when you consistently throw it the musical language to interpret.
Classical technique is a lot less complicated than it sounds. To learn this technique, a few things must happen. First, we must breathe and support very low on our bodies – this is coupled with proper balance and posture. Next, we must sing clear, round vowels with an open throat. These are the principles I was most focused on as a young classical singer, tackling songs from the greats like Puccini, Schubert, Barber, and more. Any singing style or genre could surely benefit from these practices, right? That’s exactly right!
Musical students often view music theory as a chore, and some musicians wear their lack of music theory knowledge as a badge of honor. There is a reason that all music students generally take at least four semesters of basic music theory. It is because otherwise, we cannot communicate musical ideas to each other. While in school we learn how to read and write English, but when it comes to music, most of us only know how to read it and have little to no idea how it works. That is the point of music theory: to explain how music works.
Explore everything in a single instrument to show case your talents.
The history of Indian music can be traced to 200 BC - 400 BC - when Bharatha Muni, a Musicologist, wrote down a basic theory of Music (and dance and drama) called "Natya shastra. A set of 'bhavas' (or expressions) and 'rasas' (the evoked feelings) were identifed with the concept of 'sruti' was introduced to allow people to choose a convenient reference 'root' pitch based on the singers'/musicians' convenience.Western music being based on Harmony, Indian music is based on Melody in which Carnatic music has its own unique style.
There are some instruments that take months or years before you sound good enough to play for anyone other than your parents or teacher. The violin is notoriously difficult to master, and it can be a challenge to make a reed instrument (clarinet, sax, etc.) sound good as well. Yes, complex chords do take time to learn to play, but it is possible to make music on the guitar and its smaller cousins like the ukulele in just a few lessons.
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