Week 1 Notes: MU 100
Week 1 Notes: MU 100 MU 100
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Date Created: 09/02/15
Week 1 Notes 1 Music has a global perspective a The American cultural mainstream i All of the roots lie in other countries and cultures 1 Therefore we get a world wide viewpoint 2 American mainstream vs ethnic diversity a Everything starts with the Englishspeaking settlers in North America i 17th18th Century b Then we have the joining of other countries come into play i Ethnic minorities 1 These keep their language customs and or social views of their original culture a This introduces cultural richness b With cultural richness we have new styles and modes of behavior that can form i EX jazz c European influences were dominant i Early songs were derived from the British Isles and Europe ii This was because Americans were most exposed to the music traveling tours 1 However the Europeans disregarded Native American music 3 Are Music labels a help or hindrance a The way we identify different types of music allows for a lot of overlap of what songs are in genres i Examples 1 George Gershwin a Wrote Rhapsody in Blue which is symphonic music b Also wrote Porgy and Bess which is an opera 2 Folk music a What is folk music exactly and who created it b Supposedly folk music is derived from pop popular music 3 Pop music a This is any sort of music that is intended for commercial success b However is it still pop music if it doesn39t end up being commercially successful 4 Classical music a This is defined as music that is not considered popular or commercial i But we have so many classical songs that are used in commercials ii Music that is composed for a symphony could be categorized as classical music 1 Ex Star Wars John Williams 5 What is the difference between an opera and musical theater 6 Better yet what are the differences between a A popular song and a pop song Rap and hip hop quotNew agequot and quotalternativequot Pop and Rock Gospel and Contemporary Christian Soul and RampB we ii All in all labels can be helpful and beneficial but don39t necessarily take them as gospel truth 4 The quotartistquot and quotartistryquot a Art is notjust visual b The rugged definition of art or an artist i Someone who performs in any medium with creativity and sensitivity and with the ability to communicate with an audience 1 It39s not just classical and it39s not just popular or successful people 5 Music Business a It39s a very complex industry i The music business provides a context for how American39s support music39s creators performers and listeners b Any of the following could be part of the music business i Manufacturing and merchandising ii Performance of music iii Music publishing iv Advertising v Music in local communities 6 Music Definitions a The most basic would be sound and time to read more about both of these go to chapter 2 in your etext b To define what music is consider this i Music is sound that is pleasing to the ear ii It is sound and silenced in organized time 1 Think about how well people that make dubstep must time everything and build everything up for the bass drop iii It is sound that you want to hear as music 7 Music as Science a Acoustics play a big part in music i Studios equipmentspeakersfrequency range ii Musical instruments iii Concert halls iv Sonar v ResonanceReverberation echo 1 A quotdeadquot vs quotlivequot space b For all of this a certain amount of skill is required to get the correct acoustics set for a certain piece of music c Sound and silencemusic i Both are equally important in a piece ii This doesn39t necessarily mean that there is just an absence of sound 1 It is a perfect amount of time where silence is in play but it is still part of the music d Music can move through time i The reason that this is brought up is because music can be in the past present and future all at once ii Your brain processes the words that you have already heard as well as the ones that you are hearing at the current time iii The way that music is in the future is through predictable conclusions and phrases 8 Expressive and functional characteristic of music a We already know music is an art and that it is universal but what else i Music is always a means of expression ii Music is functional iii Music is also a changing art 1 Culture is a changing factor and with cultural change we have a change in art