The following terms and ideas
present potentially important "artistic ideas for thought" for the emerging
artist. Trying to describe the artistic potential of the music theory is
not an easy task for me. Perhaps it is akin to "dancing about architecture?" The
following terms on the artistic concepts menu below continuously reappear throughout the
text to help provide a verbal description of what the music theory is trying to create
artistically. Knowledge of how these terms are defined within this text will facilitate
the transfer of ideas, to encourage the formulation of your own understanding and
perception of the artistic elements, providing food for thought and artistic growth.
||ideas on developing one's own unique
artistic concept and sound.
||creating a visual representation
between musical resources and natural color.
||prompts the reader to begin to define
their artistic directions to better define their pathway through this text.
||examines this fundamental aspect of
creating musical art.
|color of keys
||illuminating the possibilities that
different keys and pairing of keys create unique aural color.
||can musical sounds be thought of as
|cool with the numbers?
||how theorists pair up pitches and
/ tonal environment
||examines essential vehicles used in the
creation of American music.
||examining the theory, i.e., to explore
and creating ideas, i.e., to experiment.
||looks at the relationship between
mixing diatonic and non-diatonic elements together.
||examines the concept that our musical
resources are finite sets of elements.
||discussions concerning the development
of using varying degrees of volume in creating musical ideas.
|musical styles / theory
||begins to correlate the idea of
theoretical complexity and various styles of American music.
|permutation / sequence
||introduces the principles of
manipulation of musical elements and the creating of cyclic artistic ideas.
||ideas for developing skills helpful to
the emerging performance artist.
||famous lines from famous folks, ideas
||examines the relationship of building
artistic tension and the control of it's release.
||discusses the concept of examining an
artistic idea from various stylistic perspectives.
||discussion of the aural pull and
convergence tendencies of musical elements.
||a brief discussion concerning the
development of one's ability to explore American music based on their own understanding of
the theory of music with an eye towards developing the ability to create their own
|why would we
want to do this?
||this questions basically involves ways
of thinking about the theory, certain "global" ideas that give one a sense of
the big picture our American music and the theories used to create it.
Commitment is what transforms a
promise into reality. Anonymous