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MUSIC 10A (16 Assignments) (Short videos/2 film responses to Questions provided by Professor)
– There will be several assignments throughout the semester that will require you to view online videos of lectures and performances and related questions. Information will be distributed on here when they become available.
– I will be posting posting assigments weekly.
– Word Count: Im more interested in the development of your qualitative thinking as expressed in your writing.
The first assigment is due Tuesday February 1st, 2022.
Video link: https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_tilson_thomas_music_and_emotion_through_time
Listen to the Michael Tilson Thomas’ Ted Talk, then share your thoughts.
At 03:44. [Music playing] … It’s so simple, so evocative. So many emotions seem to be inside of it. Yet, of course, like all music, it’s essentially not about anything. It’s just a design of pitches and silence and time.
Question #1: Explain the paradox, that music is just a design of pitches and silence and time, yet can stir so many emotions within us.
At 08:25. Now inspired moves of improvisation could be recorded, saved, considered, prioritized, made into intricate designs. And from this moment, classical music became what it most essentially is, a dialogue between the two powerful sides of our nature: instinct and intelligence.
Question #2: What do these two things mean to you: instinct and intelligence? Where else, in your life, is it useful to distinguish between instinct and intelligence? Consider your major or hobbies.
At 14:32. … when the musicians stopped playing, the music stopped. What happens when the music stops? Where does it go? What’s left? What sticks with people in the audience at the end of a performance? Is it a melody or a rhythm or a mood or an attitude? And how might that change their lives?
Question #3: Please let me know: What does music mean to you? What does music appreciation mean to you?