Learn the Language of Sound with MusicTech’s Introduction to Music Terms #MusicMonday
Super helpful introduction and reminder for all that is considered when using certain terminology from MusicTech:
Learning how to read and play music is very much like learning how to speak another language. Staves, slurs, accidentals, dynamic markings, tempo indicators, meter markings, rests etc… There’s a whole lot of jargon that you have to deeply understand in order to become a master musician, and those fundamentals are key to professional growth.
As a person who has worked on both sides of the glass, I increasingly find that the language of music technology can be pretty challenging to initially comprehend, and in some instances put people off music. It’s scientific, technological and often one word can mean a vast number of things depending on the context (looking at you, ‘sample’!).
As an educator and lifelong learner, I have always found meaning in the use of metaphors to aid in teaching. For example, when I think about compression, I visualise a grandmother who only has a certain threshold for loud noises. When I think about FM Synthesis I think about a carnival ride that rotates in one huge circle with arms that have smaller rotations at each end.
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