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Music Outside the LinesIdeas for Composing in K-12 Music Classrooms$
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Maud Hickey

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199826773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199826773.001.0001

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Big Elements

Big Elements

(p.129) 7 Big Elements
Music Outside the Lines

Maud Hickey

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the larger musical elements of a musical composition. These include unity and variety, tension and release, and balance in music. The chapter begins with a discussion of the conceptual basis of each element and includes ideas for combining these concepts with other arts areas. It concludes that listeners know just one and occasionally one or two more syntactical styles of music; listeners have expectations about music, composers usually write music that follows popular music patterns; and emotions are aroused when a tendency is arrested or inhibited. Composition exercises are provided at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   unity, variety, tension, release, balance, emotion, Leonard Meyer

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