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Welcome to Wikipedia's portal for music. Music is sound in time. It is a manipulation of time using sounds. Often, to evoke emotion in the listener. Music is often described as an art form that involves organized sounds and silence. It is considered by some cultures to be a language or an accompaniment to a dance and a means to communicate with spirits. Within the arts, music can be classified as a performing art, a fine art, and an auditory art form though the definitions of music vary according to culture and social context. Music can be in many forms of heaviness and lightness, heaviest being black viking metal, lightest being petite classical.


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Lemminkainen's Mother (1897) by Akseli Gallen-Kallela is an earlier evocation of the themes of motherhood and war explored in Symphony No. 3.

Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, also known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (Polish: Symfonia pieśni żałosnych), is a symphony in three movements composed by Henryk Górecki in Katowice, Poland, between October and December 1976. The work is indicative of the transition between Górecki's dissonant earlier manner and his more tonal later style.

A solo soprano sings a different Polish text in each of the three movements. The first is a Silesian folk song, the second a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, and the third a 15th-century Polish lament of Mary, mother of Jesus. The first and third movements are written from the perspective of a parent who has lost a child, and the second movement from that of a child who has lost a parent. The dominant themes of the symphony are motherhood and separation through war. (More...)

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Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott ("A Mighty Fortress is Our God") is the most well-known of Martin Luther's hymns.
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Study guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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This page is a stub. It was imported from b:Wikiversity:School of Music. For now, go to The School of Music and Dance.




The focus is theory, composition, jazz, ear training and history courses, as well as instructional aids and materials based on those subjects.



Performance Emphases:

Theory and Composition

The goal of the Theory and Composition department is to equip the student with the tools and skills necessary to compose, arrange and analyze music. At the completion of this course of study, students will possess the skills and knowledge of western theory, creative writing, arranging, as well as having a portfolio of original works.

Basics of Music Theory


  • MC1 - Introduction to Musicology
  • MC2 - Survey of Music History
  • MC3 - History of Jazz
  • MC4 - Musical Genres
  • MC5 - Music in Film
  • MC6 - The Symphony and the Opera
  • MC7 - Music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
  • MC8 - Music of the Baroque Era
  • MC9 - Music of the Classical Era
  • MC10 - Music of the 19th Century
  • MC11 - Music of the 20th Century
  • MC12 - Musicology Final Research Project

Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies also requires TC1-4 and TC-9

  • JS1 - Survey of Jazz History
  • JS2 - Jazz Piano I
  • JS3 - Jazz Piano II
  • JS4 - Jazz Arranging I
  • JS5 - Jazz Arranging II
  • JS6 - Jazz Improvisation I
  • JS7 - Jazz Improvisation II
  • JS8 - Subgenres of Jazz
  • JS9 - Final Jazz Studies Project


The following are articles and Wikibooks which will be helpful to you in your studies.

Welcome to the School of Music! This will be a book about every aspect of it, and will contain lectures and articles and quizzes for people on every level and development stage. It should be noted that this is not aimed only at the history of music or musicians, which can be found in detail on Music portal, but also music theory, composition, jazz studies ethnomusicology and ear training.

By the way: can the wiki books and mediaweek system please get some good way of showing written music and notes, maybe something similar to the math-systems? Or perhaps built in support for lilypond. It would have been very helpful for this book.


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