Monthly Archive: November 2012

Nov 26

Tidings of Comfort and Joy: 10 Ways to Tune Up the Holidays

The debate continues. The tension increases. Individuals and societies pit themselves against each other over THE question, yes, that question: when is it too early to start listening to Christmas music? Whether you crank up tinsel-tunes before Thanksgiving, after Thanksgiving, or sometime in July, one truth remains: music brings meaning to the holidays. Unlike any …

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Nov 19

Music Theory Basics (Part 2)

In Music Theory Basics (Part 1), we discussed the musical staff, clefs, and note names.  Today, we will cover the basics of rhythm and note duration.  There are lots of charts in this one! The term rhythm has come to mean several different things in today’s culture, but for our purposes, we will use the …

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Nov 12

Classical Music Genres of the Common Practice Period

Playing music is more than just playing notes on a page. Simply playing the notes would be like saying words without expression, asking questions without the rising inflection at the end of the phrase, writing without punctuation, eating food without salt or spices, seeing the world without color . . . you get it. Creating …

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Nov 05

Music Theory Basics (Part 1)

Music is a language and like any other language it has a written form.  The parts that make up the written form of music and the rules for writing is are know as music theory.  No matter your age or experience level, reading music and understanding music theory is a valuable skill.  Not yet music …

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