Music In Common Places: Ringtones and Tools

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Music doesn’t have to be the main protagonist or serve as a soundtrack for some great story, music can also be ambient, cues, and tools for the every day life. This is an interesting aspect of music, because it shows how important music is to us as human beings that unless you are completely isolated… Read more »

Musical Films in America

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A musical film is not just a film with music accompanying the story, is a film where dialogues and story are intertwined with music and in many occasions dancing. There is a very theatrical feel about these movies, sometimes resembling operas and old plays but there was a big boom in Hollywood which started around… Read more »

Street Musicians

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There are many ways to share music to the world, and while there are now digital connections that makes this a lot easier, there are still artists and musicians who enjoy the most simple experience of all, just go to the street and play. While most of street performers receive some money for their talents,… Read more »

Tips For Having a Band

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Having a band is not easy, it’s actually easier to make music by yourself if you have all the tools and instruments to do it. Playing with others can result in great experiences and really interesting sounds, but it can also lead to a very disastrous relationship and failed commitment. The thing that every musician… Read more »

Sounds of a Generation

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Sometimes a movement happens, and it leaves a mark in history through its consequences in culture, politics, art and literature, some of these movements were the Beat generation and the hippies during the Vietnam war in the United States. It just so happens that these important moments in history were also accompanied by music that… Read more »

Why I Disagree With David Grohl

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by Jamey Mann, Catoctin School of Music “David Grohl Proves You Don’t Need Lessons to Rock” While surfing YouTube for new music and educational videos for my students I was dismayed to find the titled video above. I was hoping that the title sarcasm and the video would offer some insight in the work it… Read more »

Horror Music

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There are two main areas in which music can be dark and terrifying or just get under your skin in a very spooky way. First there is music that evokes those feelings, as simple as that, for example “Danse Macabre” by Camile Saint-Saëns which is a musical piece based on the poem by Henri Cazalis… Read more »

Music as a Language

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Many musicians and people in general believe that music can express many things and thus it can even be considered a language. David Ludden from psychologytoday.com says: Like language, music has syntax—rules for ordering elements—such as notes, chords, and intervals—into complex structures. Yet none of these elements has meaning on its own. Rather, it’s the… Read more »

Music in Times of War

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History has taught us that music is an art form that can make its way into every place and context there are ears to listen, this includes celebrations, complement other art forms, entertainment, politics and even war. There have been many events throughout history that have taken advantage of the power of music, as in… Read more »

Pop Music

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What do we know by pop music? Popular music has changed over time, as all things there are trends, and people’s common interest change. One day Liszt is known by everyone and loved by everyone and the other few people know him while they listen to Bruno Mars and Kanye West. First of all, there… Read more »