Each of us has experienced the influence of music in our lives, whether as listeners, music students, performers or keen amateurs but few of us understand how music is constructed and how it has come to be a part of our everyday lives.
Listening to music gives us pleasure and it is a kind of enjoyment that can’t be experienced through any other art or medium. When we learn to listen to how this simple elegant system functions it can profoundly inform our understanding and our appreciation for this living art form.
During the “Understanding Music” Series we will have a chance to explore what makes us react to the organization of sounds while listening to examples of different styles and idioms from all over the world both contemporary and historically. We will examine some of the confluences of cultural and religious musical styles that have formed the music of the Western World while visiting how they all share the same language of melody, harmony, rhythm and form. There will be time to observe and discuss some different instruments and how they are constructed and tuned and how they fit within the milieu of ensemble music making within band, choral and symphonic structures. Our time will include an investigation of several different common written musical languages as well as their origins in the nature of sound or acoustical physics.
The focus will remain on a better understanding and appreciation for all things music and I am sure you will find this class illuminating, exciting and informative with the end result being your ears opening to a new world.
Wednesdays 1 to 2 pm Sept 17 to Nov 19/14
Thursdays 6:30 to 7:30 Sept 18 to Nov 20/14
COST: 10/$100 or Drop-in $15 per session
Call 778-426-1800 to register, or fill out the form on the right.