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Music, Drama, Theater & the Arts - Chapter Summary
Use the lessons in this chapter to review information about expressions through the visual and performing arts. Our instructors offer facts on musical instruments and musical forms. You'll explore the vocabulary of drama, staging, and how plays are produced. Other lessons look at dance.
This chapter's topics cover sculpture and painting, and you'll look at the works of Rembrandt and analyze a Picasso painting. After you've completed these lessons, you'll have a solid idea about topics including:
- Instruments in an orchestra
- Tempo and rhythm
- Terms, styles and time periods in drama
- Key concepts and terms about ballet
- Contemporary dance in the U.S.
- Definition, evolution and major artists in painting and sculpture
- How the arts can be used for self-expression and communication
You can watch these short lessons on a computer or mobile device, from anywhere you have Internet access. Our instructors keep the learning fun with examples and humor and lots of visual aids. You can contact them if you have questions. Every lesson is followed by a multiple-choice quiz, and the chapter ends with a comprehensive test that lets you assess your learning.
1. Instrument Families of the Orchestra: String, Woodwind, Brass & Percussion
There are so many instruments in the orchestra! What similarities and differences can one find between them? How do the instruments work? Find out about the string, woodwind, brass and percussion families in this lesson!
2. Tempo: Definition and Uses in Musical Forms
How does the speed of a song affect our emotions? How can we determine the speed of a song just by looking at it? By learning about tempo, we can find out!
3. Rhythm: Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, Rests & Other Basic Rhythms
Rhythm is an imperative part of music. Knowing the basic rhythms such as quarter notes, eighth notes, and rests will give you a deeper understanding of the music you hear. Learn about these notes and other basic rhythms in this lesson!
4. Melody vs. Harmony: Definitions and Examples
What is a 'melody?' How are 'melody' and 'harmony' different? What kinds of harmonies are used in classical and current popular styles of music? Find out the basics of melody and harmony in this lesson.
5. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles
Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.
6. Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging
If 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,' then why does analyzing a dramatic script seem so difficult? Find out how to make analyzing dramatic works easier with a four-step process in this video lesson.
7. What Are The Roles in Producing a Play?
Discover what it takes to put on a play! Explore the many roles on and off stage. Learn about the various stages of production from conception to wrap. In the theater, no part is too small.
8. Ballet Dance Terminology and Key Concepts
The fact that most ballet terms are in French can make them seem intimidating, but they're more accessible than you might think. Learn some of the key terms used in ballet dance.
9. Contemporary Dance and Dancers in the United States
Contemporary dance in America is like nothing that came before it. Learn about the dancers and choreographers who shaped this art form in the 20th century and made it uniquely American.
10. What is Sculpture? - Definition, Evolution & Major Artists
Discover what makes the art of sculpture special. Explore the evolution of sculpture through the works of famous sculptors throughout history, and learn about tribal, readymade, kinetic, and biomorphic sculpture. Then test yourself on your new knowledge.
11. What is Painting? - Definition, Evolution & Major Artists
Learn about what defines a painting as a specific form of art work. Explore famous painters in history and the works for which they're remembered. Discover what makes the painting a consistent form across the history of art.
12. Rembrandt: Biography, Paintings & Etchings
Known for his compelling mastery of shadow and light in his art, Rembrandt is among the most famous portrait artists in history. Learn about his life, his paintings, and photography and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
13. Picasso's Three Musicians: Painting & Analysis
Picasso's ''Three Musicians'' is a famous painting, but do you know what style it represents? And did you know that there is more than one painting by this title? Get all the facts in this lesson!
14. Communication & Self-Expression Through Art
Why do people make art? Have you ever taken a brush to paper and used it to pour out frustrations? In this lesson, we'll explore ideas about communication and self-expression through art.
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