Basic Music Skills You Need to Learn in School
Music is a part of everyone's life. Without music, life can be so boring. It is one of the many forms of art that speaks to the heart, mind, and soul of every people it touches. It transcends all walks of life, any social status, and sexuality no matter what age group. Music has been and forever will be a part of everyone's life. That being said, music has been incorporated into each school's curriculum to help enhance music skills and talents of some and for others, a form of self expression. Music can relate very well to students and is an important process of learning. Music is an instrument to help develop cognitive skills and also enables students to relax and be able to enjoy a few minutes of their stay in school. Music is therapeutic in the sense that it enables the mind to relax and meditate to be able to recharge for yet another day of hard work in school. But being in the school's curriculum, there are some basic music skills students are expected to learn and master. Here are some of those basic music skills students need to learn in order to excel in the subject matter.
Ear training or aural skill. This is one of the basic music skills students are taught in school in which they are enabled to identify different musical elements such as tone, pitch, chords, rhythm, intervals and melody just by listening. In music, the ear is by far one of the most important factors that enable one to fully appreciate the art. The ear is trained to identify and listen carefully to how beautifully music is created. With such skill, students become more appreciative of the art and are able to create art themselves.
Absolute pitch. This is a skill that enables a person to recreate or identify a tune or a sound without reference to any external factor. This is used in conjunction with ear training as with both basic music skills you can beautifully recreate and reproduce art. Just by hearing a note or a chord one is already able to identify and name each. It also enables to sing in absolute perfection.
Fingering. This is a skill you need to learn if you are to play musical instruments. There are proper finger positioning to every chord you hit and key you play. Such positioning prevents your fingers from over fatigue and too much stress had you hit the chords with the wrong fingers. This is one of the first things you will learn in a music class as this is important for your fingers. Fingering changes all throughout the piece you are to play. The logic behind such is to make you change hand positions at a lesser rate and to allow your fingers to be at their most comfortable position.
Modulation. It is the act of shifting keys. This is a skill one must learn so efficiently to be able to produce music so smoothly and without any nuisance. The skill of artfully modulating music enables one to produce structure and add interest. Such skill represents the ever changing mood of the composer. This is one part of music that is close to the artist's feelings and mood. Shifting from one key to another represent how his mood changes if from happy to sad or vice versa. This skill will enable one to decode the composer and from the composer's point of view, artfully incorporating modulation to his music will enable him to communicate efficiently to his listeners.
Such basic music skills in music are important to relate to the listeners and to the artist. Also, learning such enables one to be more appreciative and interested in music than he has ever been. Music is a great part of our lives and hence deserves appreciation.
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- The Band Director's Handbook
- Classroom Classics
- EMC Notes
- Mayron Cole Piano Method
- Music Alive
- Music By Arrangemen
- Music Educators Marketplace
- Music Notes
- Tapestry Music
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