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Elements of Music

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Elements of Music MUS 1020


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These notes are from the first day of class covering the very basics of Elements of Music.
Intro to Music Appreciation
Sarah Busman
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Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, texture




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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by LexiKate015 on Sunday July 17, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MUS 1020 at University of North Carolina at Pembroke taught by Sarah Busman in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 5 views. For similar materials see Intro to Music Appreciation in Music at University of North Carolina at Pembroke.


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Date Created: 07/17/16
August 22, 2016 Elements of Music Vocabulary: - Note/pitch: the smallest part of music - Phrase: a group of notes pr pitches that go together - Cadence: how we know a phrase is over (starting or stopping point of a phrase) o Two key indicators:  Silences (rests, etc.)  There is a big difference in what comes after a given phrase Elements of Music: 1. Melody: Pitches that go together a. Multiple cadences b. VOCAB: Melodic Motion i. 2 ways to describe it 1. Distance a. Close together (motion by step) b. Far Apart (motion by leap 2. Change in pitch a. Up b. Down c. VOCAB: Scales: building blocks of melody i. Major- brighter/happy ii. Minor- sad/darker 2. Harmony: more than one pitch happening at the same time a. VOCAB: Chord: 3 or more notes played at one time (can also be described as major or minor) 3. Rhythm: ordering of music through time a. VOCAB: Meter : underlying beats (generally in groups of 2’s or 3’s) 4. Texture: How many musical lines are going at the same time and which lines are the most important a. Monophonic: 1 sound (Gregorian chant/solo instrument) b. Homophonic: 1 line is more important than the rest (the MAJORITY of popular music) c. Polyphonic: lots of things happening and all are equally important


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