Music is a form of art that combines vocal or instrumental sounds to create a composition.
Facts About Music
- Music may help you think better, analyze matters faster, and work more efficiently.
- Studies have shown that music triggers notable improvements in a student’s academic skills when they listen to certain types of music while they are studying.
- Music stimulates the areas of the brain that are responsible for your thinking, planning, and analyzing, thereby improving your organizational skills and making you more capable of handling challenging math problems.
- Music with stronger beats causes brain waves to resonate in such a way that is in sync with the music. This brings about higher levels of alertness and concentration.
- Music can cause an increase in serotonin levels thereby creating positive effects on the brain cells that control memory power, learning, mood, sleep functions, body temperature regulation mechanisms, sexual desires, and other processes.
- Modern and alternative treatments have began to embrace music's effects by making use of music therapy to treat depression, ADD, seizures, premature infancy and insomnia.
- Music can stay in your head long after hearing it. Called an "earworm," this is caused by a stimulation of the brain's auditory cortex that fills in parts of a song that you have heard before and "plays" the song in your brain.
An example of music is rock and roll.
- the art and science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds or tones in varying melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre, esp. so as to form structurally complete and emotionally expressive compositions
- the sounds or tones so arranged, or the arrangement of these
- any rhythmic sequence of pleasing sounds, as of birds, water, etc.
- a particular form, style, etc. of musical composition or a particular class of musical works or pieces: folk music
- the body of musical works of a particular style, place, period, or composer
- the written or printed score of a musical composition
- ability to respond to or take pleasure in music: no music in his soul
- Rare a group of musical performers
Origin of musicMiddle English musike ; from Old French musique ; from Classical Latin musica ; from Classical Greek mousikē (technē), musical (art), origin, originally an art of the Muses ; from mousa, Muse
face the music☆
Informal to accept the consequences of one's actions, however unpleasant
set to music
to compose music for (a poem, etc.)
- The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre.
- Vocal or instrumental sounds possessing a degree of melody, harmony, or rhythm.
- a. A musical composition.b. The written or printed score for such a composition.c. Such scores considered as a group: We keep our music in a stack near the piano.
- A musical accompaniment.
- A particular category or kind of music.
- An aesthetically pleasing or harmonious sound or combination of sounds: the music of the wind in the pines.
Origin of musicMiddle English, from Old French musique, from Latin mūsica, from Greek mousikē (tekhnē), (art) of the Muses, feminine of mousikos, of the Muses, from Mousa, Muse; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
agogics the theory that accent within a musical phrase can also be expressed by modifying the duration of certain notes rather than only by modifying dynamic stress. —agogic, adj. atonalism 1. the composition of music without a definite key; dodecaphony. 2. the music so written. Also atonality. —atonalist, n. — atonal, atonalistic, adj. choralism 1. the techniques of choral singing. 2. the composition of music for chorus illustrative of a cognizance of choral techniques and the possibilities and limitations of choral singing. —choralistic, adj. chromaticism the use of the chromatic scale or chromatic halftones in musical compositions. Cf. diatonicism. citharist, kitharist a performer on an ancient Greek form of lyre called a cithara. contrapuntist 1. a composer of music employing counterpoint figures, as fugues. 2. a performer of music employing counterpoint figures. Also contrapuntalist. diatonicism the use of the diatonic scale of five whole tones and two halftones in the composition of music. Also diatonism. Cf. chromaticism. dodecaphony, dodecaphonism the composition of music employing the twelvetone scale. Also called dodecatonality, atonality. —dodecaphonist, n. —dodecaphonic, adj. doxology a short hymn expressing praise to God. —doxological, adj. ethnomusicology 1. the study of the music of a particular region or people from the viewpoint of its social or cultural implications. 2. the comparative study of the music of more than one such region or people. —ethnomusicologist, n. fuguism 1. the composition of fugues. 2. the performance of fugues. —fuguist, n. gambist a performer on the viola da gamba. Gregorianist Obsolete, a person versed in Gregorian chant. Also called Gregorian. harmonist a person skilled in the principles of harmony. See also literature homophony 1. music in which one voice carries the melody, sometimes with a ehord accompaniment. 2. Obsolete, unison. Also called monody, monophony. —homophonous, adj. hymnody 1. the singing of hymns; hymnology. 2. the composition of hymns. 3. a study of hymns and their composers. 4. the preparation of expository material and bibliographies concerning hymns; hymnography. —hymnodist, n. kitharist citharist. lyrism the act or art of playing the lyre. —lyrist, n. melodics the branch of music theory that deals with melody. melodist a person who composes or sings melodies. melodramaticism the writing of romantic, sensational stage plays interspersed with songs and orchestral music. —melodramatist, n. —melodramatic, adj. melomania an abnormal liking for music and melody. —melomaniac, n., adj. —melomane, n. metronome an instrument for marking time in music, producing regular ticking sounds at a variety of settings. —metronomic, metronomical, adj. minstrelsy 1. the art of minstrels. 2. their occupation. 3. a group of minstrels. 4. a collection of their music and songs. monophony 1. music composed of a single melody with no accompaniment or harmony. Cf. homophony, polyphony. 2. monody. —monophonic, adj. musicography the science of musical notation. musicology the scholarly and scientific study of music, as in historical research, theory of composition, etc. —musicologist, n. —musicological, adj. musicomania a mania for music. musicophile a music lover. musicophobia an intense dislike of music. nickelodeon a juke-box, record-player, or player piano operated by the insertion of a nickel or other coin. See also films. ophicleidist a performer on the ophicleide, an instrument, developed from the wooden serpent in the brass section of the orchestra. pandiatonicism 1. the composition of music using all seven notes of the diatonic scale in a manner free from classical harmonie restrictions. 2. the music written in this style. —pandiatonic, adj. pianism the technique of playing the piano. —pianist, n. —pianistic, adj. pianologue a humorous performance at the piano, sometimes with a verbal accompaniment by the performer. polyphonism polyphony. polyphony the combination of a number of separate but harmonizing melodies, as in a fugue. Cf. homophony. — polyphonic, polyphonous, adj. polytonalism the practice of using combinations of notes from two or more keys in writing musical compositions. Also polytonality. — polytonalist, n. —polytonal, adj. psalmody 1. the art, practice, or act of singing psalms in worship services. 2. a collection of psalms. —psalmodist, n. —psalmodial, psalmodie, psalmodical, adj. tetralogy any series of four related works, literary, dramatic, operatic, etc. threnody song, musical composition, or literary work created to honor or commemorate the dead; a funeral song. —threnodist, n. —threnodic, adj. tonalist a composer who pays special attention to the tonal qualities of music. See also art. verismo, verism the artistic use of commonplace, everyday, and contemporary material in opera, especially some 20th-century Italian and French works, as Louise. —verist, n., adj. —veristic, adj. Wagnerism 1. the musical theory and practice of Richard Wagner, characterized by coordination of all musical and dramatic components, use of the leitmotif, and departure from the conventions of earlier Italian opera. 2. influence or imitation of Wagner’s style. —Wagnerian, n., adj.