Note values (lengths) and counting

Note Values In the following example, you will see a variety of note values (admittedly not a great many examples, though):   Referring to the above pic, let’s look at a few other things and review others[1]: This a grand staff. Below the number 2 is the treble clef. Above the number 3 is the…

Reading music

The staff Reading music is not difficult.  The first thing to know is that there are five parallel lines that make a staff: Clefs As it sits now, those five lines mean nothing.  You can’t say that the middle line is B or D or C.  We define these lines by placing a symbol –…

Elements – Pitch – an introduction

As mentioned in a previous post, sound has four components: pitch, intensity, timbre, and duration.  In this post, I will cover some of the basics of pitch.  For a beginning discussion on how sound is generated and how it is interpreted by the ear, I’ll have another post on that later. Appreciating Music – Pitch…

The four elements of music

As mentioned in a previous post, sound has four components: pitch, intensity, timbre, and duration.  In this post, I will cover some of the basics of pitch.  For a beginning discussion on how sound is generated and how it is interpreted by the ear, I’ll have another post on that later. Appreciating Music – Pitch…

The basics of music

Sound Generation and Interpretation I’m often asked, “How is music created?”[1]  There are two answers to this.  One is to look at it aesthetically, as in, how does a composer create music.  The other assumes that the person wants to know how music comes from a source and how our ears receive it and interprets…

New to Teaching

As a new teacher, I wanted to make a good, positive impression when entering my first lecture class, just like, I imagine, all new teachers do.  One of my most successful courses, and one in which I always had high evaluations in, was Music Fundamentals (a basic music theory course for non-music majors and music…

About Me

Welcome to my music blog.  I would like to use this blog space to encourage young music teachers and young musicians and provide them with, perhaps, another point of view.  I’d like to also use this space to do a variety of things that come to mind, such as writing about music, writing about music…

Appreciating the Symphony

If you are new to classical music, these are some terms to understand before continuing: Key, measure (or bars), phrase, period, form, style, and some others.  There are (or will be) posts discussing each of these. Most of my posts will be about symphonies since they’re my favorite style, The foundation of a symphony orchestra’s…

Pitch – Major Key

This post is a bit longer, but well worth the dive. Review The major scale has an ascending pitch pattern of WWHWWWH, that is, 2 whole steps, followed by a half step, followed by 3 whole steps, followed by a half step.  Looking at a piano keyboard, you would play all the white keys from…