Classical Music Club, May 9th 2014

A great start to the course!!!!

We discussed what constitutes “classical” music, the basic elements of music (Rhythm, Pitch and Harmony) and the differences between melody and harmony, and basic elements of harmony such as triads and chord progressions.  We looked at the different musical key signatures and how to find the relative major/minor from any given key.

Learn about the major and minor of musical keys and how to find them (VIDEO)

We categorised musical instruments as Idiophones (Cymbals etc) Membranophones (drums etc) Aerophones (wind) and Chordophones (strings). We looked at the various musical time periods; Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern and Post-Modernist styles such as minimalism. We identified some famous composers of each period and listened to some examples of each. Musical examples from composers such as Hildegard of Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, G.F Handel, J.S Bach, Beethoven, Benjamin Britten and Philip Glass were played and we talked about some noticable differences btween the various compositional styles and eras.

Ochestra Layout

As homework students were asked to find some pieces from the Renaissance that they liked, and to explain why they liked them, how many instruments were playing? What kind of instruments? Sacred or secular? Where would you have originally heard the piece? How do you think the original audience would have listened and reacted to the music?

Happy listening, good luck with your musical explorations and see you next time!!!


Rhythm is the element of time in music. When you tap your foot to the music, you are “keeping the beat” or following the structural rhythmic pulse of the music.

Pitch is the frequency of vibration that produces a musical note. Intuitively, Pitch refers to the highness or lowness of notes in the music.

Harmony is the VERTICALIZATION of pitch. Often, harmony is thought of as the art of combining pitches into chords (several notes played simultaneously as a “block”). Learn more


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