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An Orientation to Musical PedagogyBecoming a Musician-Educator$
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Birch P. Browning

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199928200

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928200.001.0001

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Subject Matter of Music

Subject Matter of Music

(p.31) Chapter 4 Subject Matter of Music
An Orientation to Musical Pedagogy

Birch P. Browning

Oxford University Press

The chapter surveys the variety of important roles that music plays in society and for members of society. At its core, music is sound that is organized around five basic components: rhythm, timbre, melody, harmony, and form. These various components are perceived from the environment, and then the mind extracts and applies meaning to the sounds. The concept of the sound envelope, consisting of attack, decay, sustain, and release, is illustrated. Effective musical artists understand this meaning-making process and consciously design musical experiences to communicate meaning to listeners.

Keywords:   rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, form, perception

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