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USC - MUS 110 - Class Notes - Week 1

School: University of South Carolina
Department: Music
Course: Introduction to Music
Professor: James Hardwick
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: Music
Name: Intro to Music- Week 1 Notes
Description: These notes are only available by going to class and are covered on the in class quizzes and exams.
Uploaded: 09/19/2016
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background image Intro to Music- 8/23/2016 Music as a language: Uses the same part of the brain We have to learn to communicate with one another 
(professor v. student)
“Elements of music WS” What is music (as opposed to sound)? Sound: created by sound waves—the vibrations that 
reflect slight differences in air pressure
Speed of the vibration determines how high or low the 
sounds will be
Other aspects of the vibration determine color, loudness, 
and duration, among other things
The “rational organization of sounds and silences passing 
through time”
Why do we listen to music? An act or an object? Art or entertainment? Copland: “simple gifts” from Appalachian Spring- Aaron 
Copland (1900-1990)
What to listen for: 3 levels of listening? 1. Sensual  2. Expressive  3. Musical  Music, the ear, and the brain
background image The perception and creation of music involve all the 
regions of the brain
Temporal lobe- decision making (sound) Amygdala- emotion Hippocampus- memory Frontal lobe- decision making Parietal lobe- motion Occipital lobe- sight Cerebellum- primary movement response  We ALL have a musical template!!—its why we like what 
we like
Musical Template- a set of musical expectations that 
each of us engages as we listen to music; How we think 
the music ought to go; what sounds good, and what 
sounds bad
Nature:  Common to all people around the world Awareness of consonant and dissonant sounds Sensitivity to a strong beat Nurture:  Assimilation of the musical environment throughout our 
life
Expectation of how a melody should go  Popular vs. Classical Music Popular- emphasizes vocal music Strong, immediately audible beat 2
background image Oral and aural transmission Short, with exact repetition Classical- emphasizes instrumental music (but definitely 
involves vocal music as well)
Acoustic instruments Melody and harmony more apparent than the beat Precise notation (written out) Lengthy repetitions  Genres and Venues of Classical Music Genre- type of music  Venue- a place (where music is played) Venues for classical Music with typical Genres Opera houses and theaters- opera and ballet Concert halls- symphony, concerto, oratorio Chamber halls- art song, piano sonata, string 
quartet
Beethoven: symphony No. 5 in C minor (1808) One of the most famous moments in all of classical 
music
Its short-short- Chapter 2/ Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony-August 
18,2016
Tonality- has to do with different tones Modality- when putting the tones together how do 
they sound. Major or minor!!
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School: University of South Carolina
Department: Music
Course: Introduction to Music
Professor: James Hardwick
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: Music
Name: Intro to Music- Week 1 Notes
Description: These notes are only available by going to class and are covered on the in class quizzes and exams.
Uploaded: 09/19/2016
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