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Word of the Month
Resonance:
1: a quality imparted to voiced sounds by vibration in anatomical resonating chambers or cavities (as the mouth or the nasal cavity) 
2: the sound elicited on percussion of the chest.
 
 
 
Some Recent Words of the Month
Polyphonic: Many sounds or counterpoint. Polyphony is a style of musical composition using two or more simultaneous but independent melodic lines.

Monophonic: One Sound, as in a single melody with no harmony. Derivative and associative words: Monophony; phonate; phonics; phone. 
 
Chromaticism: (from Greek chroma, “color”) in music, the use of notes foreign to the mode or diatonic scale upon which a composition is based.

Solfege: is the system of syllables traditionally used to help students learn the notes of the major and minor scales: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti . There are two approaches to solfege, the Fixed-Do system in which Do is always the note C, and Moveable-Do, in which Do is always the first note of the major scale - whatever scale that happens to be.
  
Madrigal: a secular part song without instrumental accompaniment, usually for four to six voices. Popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.
 
Anacrusis: a note or notes that precede the first measure, a pickup. 
 Quote of the Month:
The harmony of the world is made manifest in form and number, and the heart and soul and all the poetry of natural philosophy are embodied in the concept of mathematical beauty.
  - Sir D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948, Scottish zoologist.)




Some Past Quotes of the Month:
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

          -Ludwig van Beethoven

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.

                -Albert Einstein 

"The arts are not simply skills: their concern is the intellectual, ethical and  spiritual maturity of human life. And in a time when religious and political institutions may lose their visions of human dignity, they are the custodians of those of those values that most worthily define humanity, those which most define Divinity and, in fact may prove to be the only workable Program of Conservation for the human race on the planet."
                -Robert Shaw 
 

A book is a story for the mind,
A song is a story for the soul!
 
-Eric Pio       

WHY WE TEACH MUSIC

Not because we expect you to major in music;
Not because we expect you to sing all your life;
Not so you can relax, not so you can have fun;

But so you will be...human. So you will recognize beauty. So you will be sensitive. So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world. So you will have something to cling to. So you will have more love, compassion, gentleness, good--in short, more life!

Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?

~ Source unknown

                           
                                  
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