Monday, January 31, 2011

Reading Music - on the Internet? Why Yes!

Please go to to read and explore the material we covered in class today. 

Start with the "Lessons" tab on the top and work through each item below until you reach "Rests and Duration"

At that point go to the "Exercises" tab on the top and work on "Note Identification" - You should not need to make any modifications. 

Work through the note identification exercise about 10 minutes per session 2 times a day until you can achieve 100% accuracy!

Missed Class? Check out this video for a quick refresher!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Can you explain why you like what you like?

Just liking a piece of music is NOT good enough anymore. I want to know why you like this music. What are some of the details of this music that make it appealing to you? What is your history with this music? What instrument (if any) do you enjoy most? What is the purpose of this music? Can you think of any way that you would improve this song?  What is the GENRE of the music that you enjoy most?  Why?

I can't pick a favorite song. I just can't. (I bet you waver with this impossible decision too.) I go from mood-to-mood and a song I really dig in November might not really do anything for me in February.

OH - What is the difference between a SONG and a TUNE?

Alright, so here is a song I have dug for a long time. 

Assignment: Due Thursday 1/27/2011

Upload a video from the web of a Song that you really dig.  Below- explain using the prompts listed above as to why you enjoy this Song. Use details. I really want to know why you like. Actually I really want YOU to know why you like it. This will come in handy in the future as you look to find more music to listen to.

If you need help in remembering how to upload a video - check out the one below.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Listening to Music - for real ya'll

What does it mean to really listen to music? How does sound affect us? Here is the answer.

Can you hear all of the different layers of sound? How many guitars do you hear? What is the bass drum doing right now? How many layers of voice do you here?

(Listen to the drums when they change their groove and push it straight ahead - sweet-)

Some things don't always look the way they sound - for real ya'll

Monday, January 24, 2011

Welcome to the Blogodome!

Welcome to Music Appreciation -

As part of the class you will be creating an electronic portfolio in the form of a blog. The blog will serve as a way to post written information, reactions to recordings, pictures, and videos that pertain to the concepts presented in class. Homework, project, group work, and most other assignments will be submitted using the blog format.

Assignment #1 Due Wednesday 1/26/2011

Create your blog. Be creative with the design. Use
If you have any trouble please ask for help.

Check out the video below for more info: