In the last few weeks I have repeatedly been asked about the Grade 5 theory exam, so much so that it has inspired me to write this post. I am talking about the RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music) theory exam. The Grade 5 theory exam is significant to pupils because, according to the RCM’s rules,Continue reading “Why is RCM Grade 5 Theory so important?”
If you’re playing a musical instrument, you may have been advised to learn music theory – the study of the grammar of music. Music theory examines the elements that construct a piece of music, including notation, key signatures, time signatures and chord progressions. Many teachers will insist that music theory is a fundamental tenet ofContinue reading “The importance of learning Music Theory”
Ever find yourself moved to tears by music? Mascagni’s “Intermezzo” from Caballeria Rusticana does it for me. How about you? Many types of music can move people to tears; blubbering in the balcony is iconic in opera. The phenomenon of crying sparked by music is an interesting, but little-studied behaviour. According to some studies, whether musicContinue reading “Why Music makes you cry?”
When we talk about musical instruments, we often talk about them as being part of a family. That’s because, just like in human families, the instruments in a particular family are related to each other. They are often made of the same types of materials, usually look similar to one another, and produce sound inContinue reading “Musical Instruments and their Families Series: The String Family”
If I mention the name Joe Hisaishi, you might be wondering who that is? However, if I start by mentioning the soundtracks of the movies My Neighbour Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle, you will probably be able to even hum the captative melodies. Have you ever ask yourself: what is it that makes films like My Neighbour Totoro and Howl’sContinue reading “Joe Hisaishi: the genius composer who gave Studio Ghibli its sound”
I don’t think there is anyone in this planet that does not know Michael Jackson. Definitely a musical legend! “The King of Pop,” transformed the face of pop music and popular culture. He had the x-factor, music expertise and exploited them in areas like never before. His biggest feature was that his songs were asContinue reading “Interesting Facts About Michael Jackson”
Have you thought of what happens when we look at a score or sheet music? Some of us look at it and immediately begin translating those symbols into sounds. Others among us might not be able to decode what is seen on the page. Happily we don’t need to be able to read music toContinue reading “Music Notation: Some History Milestones and Evolution”
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I love these Disney Cartoons! They might be old technology, but definitely excellent quality and the music it’s my favourite of all! Amazing soundtrack! Tchaikovsky – Waltz of the Flowers!
If you have come across some very rare musical instruments in the past, I assure you that is nothing compared to the amazing instruments I am going to show you today!! Here you will the most unusual instruments ever created, including some you probably never heard of before. 26. The Yabahar The count down startsContinue reading “The World Most Unusual Instruments!!”