What is music?

1.  an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color.
2.  the tones or sounds employed, occurring in single line (melody) or multiple lines (harmony), and sounded or to be sounded by one or more voices or instruments, or both.
noun, often attributive \ˈmyü-zik\
1 a : the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity b : vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony
2 an agreeable sound : euphony music to my ears; 

Those seem a little, ambiguous, don't you think?  I think what music is, is really up to the listener (interpreter), or the composer.  

We have been spending a lot more time outdoors the past couple of weeks thanks to a streak of nearly perfect weather.  There is lots of good music to be had outdoors.  I challenge you, to challenge your children, to find 10 different ways to make music with nature.

I don't want to take all the good ideas, so I'll just give a couple.

  • Stepping on crunchy leaves.  You could "put the beat in your feet" in a whole new way.
  • Twisting your foot on gravel.  Make patterns by alternating between the leaves and the gravel.
  • Using a stick to hit the fence.  Do all fences sound the same?  Do different sticks sound the same on the same fence?  

After you come up with 10 types of sounds to make, can you put them in rhythm while you sing your favorite song?  

My next post will be a follow-up of what my daughter and I come up with.

    1 comment:

    sarahyang226 said...

    Love this. Going to try it with the girls! Thanks for sharing :)