The understanding of music is about recognizing or identifying the structure and patterns in a song. You don’t have to be a singer or pianist, even someone with no musical background can follow the patterns of a song. You have an instinct of where the melody is going or when the chorus is coming because of patters and structure.
When studying music theory, you examine all of the components that are used in writing a piece of music. It is the compilation of methods and concepts musicians use to create music. The four key elements are music notation (written music for playing piano or sung by a human voice), time signature, key signature and chord progressions. It’s important for a singer to understand the basic concepts and have the ability to read music, but it’s not necessary. Just like a pianist, it’s important to be able to read the music, but there are people who play by ear. The more you know the better you will be!
The seven elements of music: Pitch (high or lowness of a note), Duration (how long the note lasts), Dynamics (how loud or soft a note is played or sung), Tempo (how fast or slow to play or sing a song), Timbre (different sound like a piano vs. a singer singing the same note), Texture (the layers of a song – all the instruments and vocal harmonies) and Structure (verse, verse, chorus, verse etc.). All of these components are key to any song.
JOKE FOR THE DAY:
What kind of musical instrument do rats play? Mouse organs