Suppose Music Principle Is Too Exhausting? Here is Why

In my view (as a 35+ yr music skilled), music concept is taught in essentially the most complicated and painful means possible. One instance of this, college students are sometimes confronted with a number of units of methods to described the identical factor in numerous lessons.

For instance, Scale Levels are referenced utilizing numbers (0-9) in non-public classes, roman numerals (each higher and decrease case) in evaluation, phrases like Tonic, Submediant, Dominant, and so forth. whenever you get to concept class, and one thing known as “Solfege” (Do-Re-Mi) in ear coaching. Too usually the scholar has no thought all these methods are referring to the identical fundamental factor, scale levels. And this is only one instance!

Scale Diploma Naming Schemes…

  • Numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Names: Tonic, Supertonic, Mediant, Subdominant, Dominant, Submediant, Main Tone
  • Roman: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII
  • Solfege: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti

Can Music Principle be made simpler to know?

Sure it might probably. All it actually takes is boiling concept all the way down to its easiest type. Then, current it in a uniform means, a lot simpler to know. For instance. Let’s take a greater strategy to Scale Diploma presentation talked about above.

As a substitute of utilizing totally different methods for personal classes, evaluation, music concept class, and ear coaching, we might use customary numbers (0-9) for all of them. We have eliminated the obstacles of getting to study solfege (together with all of the solfege names for notes not within the scale), english names for every scale diploma, correct use of higher and decrease case roman numerals, and so forth., BEFORE any performance of music will be realized. We get proper all the way down to enterprise utilizing a system each pupil is already aware of, the numbers 0-9. Once more, this is only one instance.

With consistency throughout the board, all of this may be realized and retained simply. If planning on attending faculty the place all these phrases will probably be wanted, you may all the time study these phrases and methods AFTER you perceive how music works. Imagine me, it’s MUCH EASIER that means!

As indicated earlier than, this is just one instance how one thing that may be defined so merely has turn into unnecessarily complicated.

So, the answer is to make music concept easier, not the present development of creating it more durable. I imagine the examine of how music works will be decreased to those two fundamental ideas… First, study the most important scale. Then, use the most important scale to study every thing else. Sounds fairly easy to me!

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