Ch 32: Musical Arts Basics

About This Chapter

Explore the video and text lessons in this chapter to learn the basics of musical arts. Enhance your understanding of instrument families, musical genres, dynamics in music and other related concepts.

Musical Arts Basics - Chapter Summary

Discover or brush up on your knowledge of musical arts basics with help from short lessons. Examine different aspects of this art form, including musical instruments, genres and characteristics. Lessons provide the definitions, uses and examples of musical arts to give you a well-rounded understanding of this subject area. Upon completion of this chapter, you will have the knowledge to:

  • Identify and describe the instrument families of the orchestra
  • Discuss piano, forte and the importance of dynamics in music
  • Define and explain uses of tempo in musical forms
  • Describe rhythm, and recognize syncopation, dotted notes and ties
  • Share the meaning of time signature in music
  • Provide the definition of the musical timbre of instruments and singers
  • Explain the meaning of the folk ballad

This chapter's resources ensure you're able to easily understand the basics of musical arts. Lessons provide in-depth information about this subject area, and quizzes reinforce what you've learned by revisiting these concepts. Experts can answer your questions about musical arts to give you additional details. A chapter exam makes sure you have a good grasp of all the topics covered in the lessons.

7 Lessons in Chapter 32: Musical Arts Basics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Instrument Families of the Orchestra: String, Woodwind, Brass & Percussion

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!

Dynamics in Music: Piano, Forte and Why They Are Important

2. Dynamics in Music: Piano, Forte and Why They Are Important

Dynamics are a way of communicating volume and intensity in music. Piano, forte and other markings help musicians interpret the expressive quality of the music. What do these markings look like? What types of markings exist, and what do they mean? Learn more about dynamics in this lesson!

Tempo: Definition and Uses in Musical Forms

3. 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!

Rhythm: Recognizing Syncopation, Dotted Notes & Ties

4. Rhythm: Recognizing Syncopation, Dotted Notes & Ties

Beyond simple quarter notes and eighth notes, musical rhythm can become confusing. In this lesson, you'll learn how to recognize and define ties, dotted notes and syncopation. You'll also learn two styles where syncopation is often heard and how ties and dotted notes contribute to creating syncopation.

Time Signature in Music: Definition and Examples

5. Time Signature in Music: Definition and Examples

Time signatures, or meters, are a way to communicate the pulse and feel of a piece of music. Musicians, dancers and listeners alike use them to interpret where the strong and weak beats lie, including their divisions. Find out the specifics of time signature in this lesson.

Musical Timbre of Instruments and Singers: Definition

6. Musical Timbre of Instruments and Singers: Definition

How can you tell if you are listening to a violin or a flute? How do composers use timbre to express their ideas and keep the listener interested? Find out in this lesson on timbre!

Folk Ballad: Definition & Examples

7. Folk Ballad: Definition & Examples

You probably won't hear them on your favorite rock station, but folk ballads have been sung for thousands of years. Come hear about this 'popular' musical tradition and discover some of the most famous songs that belong to it.

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