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CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PROGRAMS

CONTEMPORARY ART

The study of contemporary music is vital to the health of our instrument and music in general. Most people don’t realize that until very recently, there was no such thing as “standard repertoire” that was performed over and over again. So this practice that we have now, and the culture of the concert hall is actually not the historical norm for music performance. . Music, like any art, is supposed to develop, innovate, and imagine new ways to express the complex thoughts and emotions of human beings. Contemporary music helps us understand the world around us and ourselves, and challenges us to think in new ways about the same problems we’ve always had. There are several reasons for this, one being that we condition our audiences to accept certain types of music, specifically common practice tonal music, as the norm and everything else as a deviation from this. Tonal music is undoubtedly very powerful, which may explain in part why music of the twentieth and twenty-first century often still reflect tonal properties. This does not, however, lessen the value of music that is not written in this language. We must challenge our listeners and our students, which is of course a primary objective of artists and pedagogues alike. This is why it is so important to educate our younger generations of musicians to perform contemporary music at a high level. In the scope of musical history, our instrument is quite young, so really our best option to study engaging repertoire is to commission and perform new music. This allows us to generate new art and contribute to the global music community. Through playing new music we, artists, are able to find our own voice and play music that is meaningful to us.

We have an opportunity to both champion the music of the twenty-first century and help educate students how to approach this music. We are grateful for this opportunity and see it as a privilege and a tremendous responsibility.

1.  Contemporary classical music

Description

Contemporary classical music is classical music composed close to the present day. At the beginning of the 21st century, it commonly referred to the post-1945 modern forms of post-tonal music after the death of Anton Webern, and included serial music, electronic music, experimental music, and minimalist music.

2.  Popular music

Description

Popular music is music with wide appeal that is typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry. These forms and styles can be enjoyed and performed by people with little or no musical training. It stands in contrast to both art music and traditional or “folk” music.

3.  Contemporary R&B

Description

Contemporary R&B is a music genre that combines rhythm and blues with elements of pop, soul, funk, hip hop and electronic music. The genre features a distinctive record production style, drum machine-backed rhythms, pitch corrected vocals, and a smooth, lush style of vocal arrangement.

4.  Christian music

Description

Christian music is music that has been written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life and faith. Common themes of Christian music include praise, worship, penitence, and lament, and its forms vary widely across the world.

5.  Modernism

Description

In music, modernism is an aesthetic stance underlying the period of change and development in musical language that occurred around the turn of the 20th century, a period of diverse reactions in challenging and reinterpreting older categories of music, innovations that led to new ways of organizing and approaching harmonic, melodic, sonic, and rhythmic aspects of music, and changes in aesthetic worldviews in close relation to the larger identifiable period of modernism in the arts of the time. The operative word most associated with it is “innovation”. Its leading feature is a “linguistic plurality”, which is to say that no one music genre ever assumed a dominant position.

6.  Avant-garde music

Description

Avant-garde music is music that is considered to be at the forefront of innovation in its field, with the term “avant-garde” implying a critique of existing aesthetic conventions, rejection of the status quo in favor of unique or original elements, and the idea of deliberately challenging or alienating audiences.

7.  Minimal music

Description

Minimal music is a form of art music or other compositional practice that employs limited or minimal musical materials. Prominent features of minimalist music include repetitive patterns or pulses, steady drones, consonant harmony, and reiteration of musical phrases or smaller units.

8.  Contemporary folk music

Description

Contemporary folk music refers to a wide variety of genres that emerged in the mid 20th century and afterwards which were associated with traditional folk music. Starting in the mid-20th century a new form of popular folk music evolved from traditional folk music.

9.  Adult contemporary music

Description

In North American music, adult contemporary music is a form of radio-played popular music, ranging from 1960s vocal and 1970s soft rock music to predominantly ballad-heavy music of the present day, with varying degrees of easy listening, pop, soul, R&B, quiet storm, and rock influence.

10.  Art music

Description

Art music is music considered to be of high aesthetic value. It typically implies advanced structural and theoretical considerations or a written musical tradition. In this context, the terms “serious” or “cultivated” are frequently used to present a contrast with ordinary, everyday music.

11.  20th-century classical music

Description

20th-century classical music describes art music that was written nominally from 1901 to 2000, inclusive. Musical style diverged during the 20th century as it never had previously. Consequently, this century was without a dominant style.

12.  Religious music

Description

Religious music is any type of music that is performed or composed for religious use or through religious influence. It may overlap with ritual music, which is music, sacred or not, performed or composed for or as ritual.

13.  Latin pop

Description

Latin pop is a pop music subgenre that is a fusion of United States–style music production with Latin music genres from anywhere in Latin America. Originating in Spanish-speaking musicians, Latin pop may also be made by musicians in Portuguese and the various Latin Creole languages.

14.  Contemporary Christian music

Description

Contemporary Christian music is a genre of modern popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith.

15.  Urban contemporary

Description

Urban contemporary, also known as hip hop, urban pop, or just simply urban, is a music radio format. The term was coined by New York radio DJ Frankie Crocker in the early to mid-1970s as a synonym for Black music.

16.  Christian rock

Description

Christian rock is a form of rock music that features lyrics focusing on matters of Christian faith, often with an emphasis on Jesus, typically performed by self-proclaimed Christian individuals. The extent to which their lyrics are explicitly Christian varies between bands.

17.  Indie folk

Description

Indie folk is a music genre that arose in the 1990s among musicians from indie rock scenes influenced by folk music. Indie folk hybridizes the acoustic guitar melodies of traditional folk music with contemporary instrumentation.

18.  Contemporary Soul

Description

Neo soul is a genre of popular music. As a term, it was coined by music industry entrepreneur Kedar Massenburg during the late 1990s to market and describe a style of music that emerged from soul and contemporary R&B.

19.  Country rap

Description

Country rap is a fusion genre of popular music blasting country music with hip hop–style rapping.

20.  New Romantic

Description

The New Romantic movement was a pop culture movement that originated in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s. The movement emerged from the nightclub scene in London and Birmingham at venues such as Billy’s and The Blitz.

21.  Urban contemporary gospel

Description

Urban/contemporary gospel is a modern subgenre of gospel music. Although the style developed gradually, early forms are generally dated to the 1970s, and the genre was well established by the end of the 1980s. The radio format is pitched primarily to African-Americans.

Everyone loves different types of music. They all require various techniques, be it listening to the song, humming the tunes or playing with the tools.  Each has its own way to help connect with oneself. For some people, it might even be a career option, while some people might solely pursue it as a hobby.  This enables them to advance in the world of music and reach a step nearer to becoming an expert musician. There are dozens of various types of instruments which people can learn to play.  Having the ability to play with your instruments has its specific benefits.

Some people learn to play instruments out of enthusiasm to learn something new. Some people use it for meditation as music is a great stress-buster.  Others do it for amusement, to make money or for entertainment. Millions of people play with all sorts of tools.  Here are a few types of contemporary music instruments that you can learn and excel at.

1.   Keyboard

Keyboards have a meagre and flexible maintenance cost and they are convenient to use. Electronic keyboards are now capable of handling a vast assortment of instrument sounds and synthesizer tones using much less complex audio synthesis.

They are very popular with younger kids. The keyboards are fantastic for recording and alerting functionality.  It will improve their excellent motor skills in addition to developing their focus, memory and focus abilities.

Keyboard Contemp Programme


2.   Piano

This course is designed for students who wish to develop piano playing skills or expand on their existing skills. Time in class will be spent both on and off the keyboards. While playing, students will be working individually and in small groups to master the techniques of playing learning pieces. There will also be time spent in group instruction on musical notation and theory. We will help you develop the many skills necessary for a 21st-century career: to have the confidence to compose and improvise; to explore early keyboards and to determine your artistic personality and creativity by commissioning music and working with artists of all kinds. We want you to be a trailblazer.

The piano has become a leading outlet for all those looking for creative expression and escaping into the world of beautiful music. It gives them tremendous fun and pleasure. The piano consists of 52 white and 36 black keys. Nowadays, pianos can be played with a computer keyboard. The piano can be employed for various kinds of music such as jazz, classical, popular and traditional. Currently, people have invented around one thousand seven hundred genres of music that a piano can play.  It is often considered the most elegant instrument. Once you start playing it, you will discover that the piano is flexible, and has dynamics to modify the musical sounds.

Piano Contemp Programme

3.   Guitar

Grasp the essentials needed to begin playing acoustic or electric guitar. You will learn an easy approach to get you playing quickly, through a combination of exploring the instrument, performance technique, and basic music theory. For students who have long thought about picking up the acoustic or electric guitar, this course will provide an easy-access foundation that will get you playing. When first learning guitar, it is important to have the material presented in stages, in an enjoyable way that allows you to grasp the basics of the instrument and music. The course begins simply with the parts of the guitar, the names of the strings, tuning, and technique—whether finger-style or pick. It then explores the basics of music theory with such topics as scales, triads, power chords, and fingering and shapes.

The guitar is a string instrument. One can play anything from four to five strings using a guitar.  The audio is projected acoustically, and it’s normally played with strumming (or plucking) the strings with a single hand and fretting the strings together with the flip side. Learning how to play with the guitar is very good for developing confidence and building leadership skills. Just like most musical instruments, learning how to play the guitar enhances fine motor abilities in addition to improving focus, memory and concentrate skills. Learning and practicing the guitar dramatically broadens the mental spectrum. Adapting to enhanced techniques enhances your understanding of music theory. It also aids in memorizing the whole neck as personal notes rather than patterns.

Guitar Contemp Programme

4.   Drums

This course aims to equip you with the fundamentals of playing the drum kit. You will be introduced to the basic rhythms and grooves of the drum kit. As we progress, we will teach you different drum beat permutations and patterns. We will also discuss how those beats and rhythms can fit into different songs. We will be providing detailed video lessons with numerous practical examples for you to apply your new found knowledge in. all this will help you develop skills in playing the drum kit. By the end of this course, you will be able to play a wide variety of pop and rock sings.

Drums are all percussion instruments and are the earliest type of instruments. They are present in a variety of sizes and shapes. They are played by being struck by tools, anything from wooden sticks to wire brushes to palms. Some drums are tunable while some are non-tunable. Sounds are produced by drums from the vibration of a membrane. The membrane covers both ends of the hollow space. Anxiety, frustration, and stress can be alleviated on listening to drum sounds. Playing the drums allows one to vent out their feelings. Learning drums challenges one to break complex tasks. Drumming is about coordination and time, each of which compels the drummer to maintain the moment.

Drums Contemp Programme

5.   Violin

The school’s enviable reputation for training string players is firmly based on the stimulating educational and cultural experiences of our students. Our violin students benefit from a combination of strong artistic traditions with forward-thinking realism about today’s musical life. We aim to provide you with an imaginative springboard from which to launch your careers. Our violin course will provide you with high quality and in-depth lessons to help you learn how to play the violin in a very detailed and progressive way. Even if you have no previous experience and knowledge about how the violin works and how to play it, here you will find all of the information you will need.

The violin has four strings and is performed by drawing a bow. For aspiring musicians, learning how to play the violin is on the top of several bucket lists. Learning to play the violin has excellent rewards including enhancing coordination, concentration and area. Playing the violin demands impeccable posture, over any other musical instrument.

It requires strength and equilibrium to maintain your own body and your violin in the appropriate posture for lengthy periods. Playing the violin additionally requires terrific power at the upper arm and shoulder joints..

Violin Contemp Programme

6.   Voice

Our excellent one on one singing courses are suitable for both kids and adults, from absolute beginners without any prior musical knowledge to advanced amateur singers.

Our vocal faculty instructors have a depth and range of expertise in every area of the singing profession. Through comprehensive training in vocal technique, we fully prepare students for careers in concert repertoire. Our program is the secret to success for many contemporary vocal artists. Voice coaching is an introductory course designed to teach you how to make your voice sound more powerful, how use vocal technique to expand your range and expression, and how to become more confident in performances. This course is a fantastic starting point for anyone wanting to make the most of their voice.

 Voice Contemp Programme

7.   Woodwind Instruments

Through a program of hugely varied opportunities – from one-to-one lessons with our outstanding instructors to full symphony orchestra concerts – the department provides a thorough and rigorous experience to fully equip students with the essential skills to enter the music profession. Learning to play these instruments is incredibly rewarding, but getting started is a challenge. That’s where our music lessons can help you make the most of your practice. Start from opening your case for the first time and progress all the way to playing your first melodies. Master all of the techniques necessary to become a great player. On the way, you will also learn music theory and musicianship skills.

 

Woodwind Instruments Contemp Programme

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