Music Tutorial

This tutorial is now integrated with the choir and is no longer offered as a separate tutorial.

Philosophy often discusses abstract terms such as beauty, justice and love.  However, for such discussions to be meaningful, the student must be convinced that such terms have a corresponding reality.  Choral singing is one of the most universally accessible activities that bring us into direct contact with perhaps life's most pungent experience of beauty; however, to keep music from being a solely mystical experience that might dissappear before our minds in the sanctified mists of personal isolation, it is essential that we attempt to articulate our experience of beauty through the shared commerce of the mind- words.  Music theory is the attempt to articulate an account of why music moves us as it does and in so doing become better musicians and listeners.

The music tutorial is based on Victor Zuckerkandl's The Sense of Music.  Zuckerkandl was a Austrian conductor who emigrated to the United States and taught at St. John's College.  His text is oriented to the non-musical student, however, without some knowledge of the piano and an ability to read music, following his examples is difficult.  Yet, even for the non-musician who is eager to understand the phenomena of music, much can be gained. 

For some easy and fun music theory, listen to the Music Theory Song.  Also, a very quick history of music.  Also, a quick history of pop music (close the window during the riskay last part).

Here are the musical selections used in The Sense of Music

Beethoven: Bagatelle No. 9, Op. 119
Oscilloscope example
Vibrating strings example
From: Schubert, Impromtu, op. 142, No. 3
J.S. Bach, Twelve Little Preludes, NO. 3 in C minor
Schubert, Impromptu, op. 142, No. 2
Schubert, Moment Musical, No.2
From: Beethoven, Piano Sonate, op.13
J.S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in C minor, The Well-Tempered Clavichord, I
From: Chopin, Mazurka, op. 7, No. 1
    A want to be in America- West Side Story  6/8 + 3/4 alternating
From: Schutz, St. Matthew Passion
From: Palestrina, Missa Papae Marcelli; Kyrie, Gloria
From: Hayden, String Quartet, op. 76, No. 3
From: Hayden, String Quartet, op. 76, No. 6 see 1:31
J.S. Bach, Two-part Invention, No. 1
From: Schubert, Der Mueller und der Bach
Schubert, Heidenroslein
From: Schubert, Der Wanderer
From: Schubert, Mein!
Schubert, Erlkoenig