Music is a complex and multi-faceted art form that encompasses a wide range of sounds, rhythms, melodies, harmonies, and structures organized in meaningful ways. It is a form of human expression that transcends language and cultural barriers, communicating emotions, thoughts, and ideas through organized sound.
At its core, music is a combination of sounds arranged in time, creating patterns and relationships that evoke emotions, trigger memories, and stimulate the senses. It involves elements such as melody (a sequence of pitches or notes), rhythm (the arrangement of sounds in time), harmony (the combination of different pitches or chords), dynamics (the varying levels of volume and intensity), timbre (the unique quality or color of a sound), and form (the structure and organization of musical elements).
Students often ask me how they can learn music production. I always recommend a combination of formal classes with self-teaching, tutorials and experimentation. The path of learning music production is very fulfilling and the learning process never ends. So you can you teach yourself music production?
In music, the term “texture” refers to the way different musical elements, such as melodies, harmonies, and rhythms, are combined and layered to create the overall sound and feel of a piece of music. Texture describes the relationship between the different musical parts and how they interact with each other. It can vary greatly and greatly affect the character and mood of a piece of music.
This is the first of a series of videos I have created as part of my latest project called “Discuss AI”
Over the last several weeks I’ve been learning about and working with artificial intelligence platforms like ChatGTP, BrainTrust AI, Google Bard and Typecast AI. I created several simple videos while learning about it; videos on my YouTube channel that are overviews of the music of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. I knew that I wanted to do something with AI and that those videos were just a vehicle to learn more about it.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a German composer and pianist who is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western classical music. Beethoven’s music is known for its emotional depth, dramatic intensity, and innovative approach to composition. He is often considered a bridge between the Classical and Romantic periods of music, as his works mark a significant transition from the classical style of Mozart and Haydn to the more emotional and expressive style of the Romantic era.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a renowned Austrian composer and musician who is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers in the history of classical music. Mozart’s music is known for its exceptional beauty, complexity, and emotional depth. He composed over 600 works in various genres, including symphonies, concertos, chamber music, choral music, and operas.
Music education is crucial for the holistic development of children, as it offers a wide range of benefits that impact their cognitive, emotional, social, and creative development. Here are some key reasons why music education is important for children:
So I earned a couple degrees: Bachelor of Professional Studies from Berklee College of Music and a Master in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management (MALCM) from Colorado State University. I actually just finished these in the last couple years so I’m what they refer to as a “mature learner”. Was it worth it? In short, yes. Does anyone really care? Not really.
Both my degrees were earned online. One of the reasons I didn’t finish my degrees many years ago is that in my line of work you often get a call for a tour with a short window of prep time. If I was back in a brick and mortar school and I got the call for a gig then I would have had to turn the gig down (or drop out of school to do the tour). I didn’t want just any degree. I wanted a degree I felt proud of (or at least wasn’t embarrassed by). There is one well-known online university that I didn’t want to sign up with because every time I imagined writing down the name of the university, well, it was not a feeling of pride. No, I won’t mention that school name because I’m “nice”.
Piano lessons are an investment of both money and time. Finding the right piano teacher for your child will help your investment lead to successful music education. Asking the following questions will help you choose the right teacher.
Is the teacher a member of local, state, or national music organizations?
Membership in music organizations signals that a teacher is interested in staying current with trends in music education. Music Teachers National Association, National Association for Music Education, and the National Federation of Music Clubs, along with the state and local affiliates of these organizations, are some of the well-known groups in which a piano teacher might hold membership. Journals and newsletters typically accompany membership and bring relevant information right to the teacher’s door. Membership also gives the teacher access to continuing education opportunities, including conventions and seminars on music performance and education.
Learning to play the piano is not just about learning a new musical instrument. Playing keyboard instruments improves personality and makes people healthier and happier. Children taking piano classes benefit more because it gives them an edge at an early age. Playing the piano makes children smarter, improves their learning abilities and makes them better students.