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Ch 33: Visual & Performing Arts

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Watch the video lessons included in this chapter to learn basic topics relevant to the visual and performing arts. Go over different artistic forms, their components and their cultural significance.

Visual & Performing Arts - Chapter Summary

Gain a basic understanding of different topics in the visual and performing arts through these short text and video lessons. Each lesson will cover a specific genre of art and its elements.

The chapter begins with comprehensive overviews of topics related to the field of music, including different instruments and elements of musical composition. You will then learn about forms of visual art and performance, related concepts, techniques and cultural significance. Specific topics included in this chapter are:

  • Families of instruments in the orchestra
  • Tempo and rhythm
  • Music in society and culture
  • Performance art
  • Contemporary dancing
  • Dramatic acting

The chapter also contains practice quizzes and a final exam that you can use to make sure that you have understood the main points from the lessons. If you get stuck on a particular issue, you have the ability to message the lesson instructors directly for further clarification. You can also use your personal Dashboard to track your learning progress as you complete different lessons.

12 Lessons in Chapter 33: Visual & Performing Arts
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.

The Role of Music in Society & Culture

6. The Role of Music in Society & Culture

This lesson will detail the social functions of music in American society. We will explore a number of different ethnic groups, styles, and time periods in order to gain perspective on the role of music in American society.

Understanding Performance Art: Finding the Thesis, Narrative & Meaning

7. Understanding Performance Art: Finding the Thesis, Narrative & Meaning

Learn how to 'read' a performance the same way you would read a book or story. In this lesson, we'll discuss strategies for identifying thesis, narrative, and meaning in the performing arts.

Improvisation in Music: Definition, Rules & Techniques

8. Improvisation in Music: Definition, Rules & Techniques

A quintessential component of many contemporary musical genres, this lesson will examine the rules and techniques for improvisation in music. Afterward, test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Ballet Dance Terminology and Key Concepts

9. 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.

Contemporary Dance and Dancers in the United States

10. 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.

Approaches to Dramatic Acting

11. Approaches to Dramatic Acting

Public speaking is something that terrifies many people, but some of the greatest public speakers got that way by thinking of speaking as a performance. In this lesson, we'll look at some approaches to acting that can help improve public speaking.

Principles of Theatrical Design

12. Principles of Theatrical Design

If you've ever been to the theater, you know it's about much more than just the acting on stage. The set design, costumes, lighting, and sound all go a great distance in making the show. In this lesson, we look at those principles of theatrical design.

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