Music Categories Based On Instrumentation


In addition to the aforementioned musical subgenres, music can also be categorised based on instrumentation.

The music sung by voices alone, also known as “a cappella”
A cappella is a style of vocal music in which only the singer’s voice is used. It’s possible to sing solo or as part of a choir. It is also possible to perform the instrumentation with the voice, it is what is known as “beatbox,” which generally includes percussion, although some people are capable of imitating other instruments such as the guitar or saxophone. beatboxing.

Instrumental music is another option.
Instrumental music, as the name implies, is composed solely of instruments, with no vocals. You can choose between two types of music: an orchestral symphony or electronic music composed solely of electronic instruments. Movies or karaoke can use it.

However, the line between instrumental and non-instrumental music is blurred. Some people’s voices are digitised so that they sound like an instrument, for example.

Purpose
In addition to learning and identifying different characteristic timbres in music according to their context, one of the main goals of this unit is for students to know and experience the sound of various objects and musical instruments through manipulation and play.

Students should be able to use this knowledge to improve their musical performance (vocal and instrumental) as well as their own creative work, such as manipulating percussion instruments to produce different sounds. As opposed to other subjects such as visual arts, history and geography, social sciences, and language and communication, several of the proposed activities strengthen integration.

Using the phonetic exercise of the spoken voice and its relationship to sounds and music, this latter approach proposes exploring the possibilities offered. Additionally, the unit aims to help students learn how to move their bodies in response to music, as well as how to experiment with different sounds on their own bodies and the significance of silence in music.

The creation of simple rhythmic accompaniments and ostinati in singing and playing instruments serves an important purpose: it allows students to continue experimenting with their own spellings or those suggested by the teacher. When it comes to listening, it’s best to expose children to short and carefully chosen pieces of contemporary music from the written tradition. It also serves other purposes, such as encouraging users to move their bodies in response to music, experimenting with different sounds using only their bodies, and learning the value of silence in music. The creation of simple rhythmic accompaniments and ostinati in singing and playing instruments serves an important purpose: it allows students to continue experimenting with their own spellings or those suggested by the teacher. When it comes to listening, it’s best to expose children to short and carefully chosen pieces of contemporary music from the written tradition.

Additionally, the unit aims to help students learn how to move their bodies in response to music, as well as how to experiment with different sounds on their own bodies and the significance of silence in music. The creation of simple rhythmic accompaniments and ostinati in singing and playing instruments serves an important purpose: it allows students to continue experimenting with their own spellings or those suggested by the teacher. When it comes to listening, it’s best to expose children to short and carefully chosen pieces of contemporary music from the written tradition.

An important purpose of singing and playing instruments is to create ostinati, which allows students to experiment with their own spellings or those suggested by the teacher. When it comes to listening, it’s best to expose children to short and carefully chosen pieces of contemporary music from the written tradition.

The creation of simple rhythmic accompaniments and ostinati in singing and playing instruments serves an important purpose: it allows students to continue experimenting with their own spellings or those suggested by the teacher. When it comes to listening, it’s best to expose children to short and carefully chosen pieces of contemporary music from the written tradition.

Music and important events

Music and important events in our lives are inextricably linked!

In the video I ask Lex Bohlmeijer whether music acts as a conductor of emotion. He can relate to that!

There is no event in our lives that we do not associate with emotion. And certainly not the events that impress us. Strong emotions are often linked to important events such as birth, the love of your life and death. Music can evoke and even enhance that feeling of that important moment.

Our life starts with mom or dad singing us to sleep. Birthdays, Sinterklaas , Christmas, passion time and spring, we all know the songs that mark special moments and therefore special feelings. What would those special moments be without music?

Christmas songs trigger you

It’s the songs that stir up our memories of the time around Christmas. And act on our emotions.

For some, this is a nice experience and therefore provides a good perspective for approaching holidays. For another, Christmas music evokes a less enjoyable time during dark days. We notice one association between music and events when we hear the first Christmas song of the year. Its sounds make us long for an approaching Christmas. Or not, but whatever reaction, it is triggered by us by the specific Christmas songs. 

Music touches you. Or not!

Musician Erik Vlasblom is teacher, pianist, composer and musical accompanist of Dana Winner, Seth Gaaikema, Toon Hermans and Robert Long. He can look back on years of knowledge across a broad musical spectrum. 

In this search for what exactly music is, we will examine what predominates in an expert like Vlasblom. His statement: music either touches you or it doesn’t!

Surprisingly enough, Vlasblom believes that being deaf in itself is not an obstacle to being able to make music. After all, when Ludwig van Beethoven became deaf at a later age, he could still compose. That is, composing music in his head and putting it on paper so that musicians could perform it. And Mozart proved to be able to write down the music he had in his head flawlessly in one go. And…classical music turns out to be sexy!

Meanwhile, we can also recognize that music is an art form in which sounds are produced in a certain rhythm.

That’s one definition.

Effects of music on humans!

Sounds form melodies that surround us every day. A whole lifetime. It’s so common that most of the time you don’t even notice. But it does everything to us.

The popular neuropsychologist Erik Scherder finds so much scientific evidence of how positively supportive this music would be for body and mind that he shouts from the rooftops to listen to it. Above all, he recommends singing and dancing together. He sees this as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Further benefits he mentions:

  • rhythm encourages movement
  • singing stimulates the brain
  • making music stimulates our knowledge and coordination functions
  • listening to music relieves pain

Why do you have a particular preference for a particular type of music? You like one song and not the other (which is very similar)? What determines that you like to hear a piece of music? 

There are demands that you (unconsciously) place on music that you love. 

Something new and something old

First of all, it must be recognizable and at the same time contain something new. Something new with something old. That means you must have heard similar music, but also be able to be surprised by something new in it.

This explains that the music taste of our parents is usually not far from what we find beautiful ourselves. And that we have a preference for certain bands, composers or musical styles. And often feel emotionally connected to that throughout our lives. We tend to hold on to that.

This manifests itself in having a favorite channel, being a fan of a band, or collecting all the work of a composer. 

Characteristics of music

So many different reactions: one approaches it technically, the other lets his or her heart speak. Another listens to what sounds evoke. This means that songs or musical works do not seem to stand alone. Apparently it stands for something. As we saw earlier, we give meaning to this musical art.

It evokes a memory or experience. Perhaps more important than that particular event, it seems to evoke an emotion or feeling in the human being. That makes it something magical. For both the music listener and musician.

A concrete way to describe something is by looking for what characterizes something. By doing so, the value and meaning we give to it becomes clearer.

These are characteristics of music:

it is abstract: we cannot grasp it, or carry it under our arm, like other art forms, for example a painting or statue.

we need a ‘ device ‘ to hear it: an MP-3 player, a streaming or download facility, the human voice, or a musical instrument.

the music is only there at the moment itself

making music oneself hardly permits other brain functions. In other words, other activities or thoughts are (almost) impossible.

it has a socializing, or connecting effect. Dance, sing and mourn together. Music seems to be able to express our emotions better than words.

Magic calls for further discovery!

With this article I want to show and hear how important music is for people. It supports important events in our lives. It offers us comfort in heartbreak. Listening and making music supports a healthy life.

But so much remains hidden. Why can it affect us so much? Can we do without music? How is it possible that we experience the same music differently every time?

A journey of discovery through music can go on indefinitely.

Live life to the full with music and questions of life! 

As mysterious music is to us, so mysterious is our life.

You can also investigate life in the form of your life questions. If you immerse yourself in music, you can enjoy it much more. Immerse yourself in what keeps you busy in life and you can enjoy life more. 

Balance between simplicity and complex

A third requirement we place on a song we love is that it should have a good balance between simplicity and complexity. If a composition or song is too simple, we reject it.

That is, for example, the moment that a person no longer likes children’s songs from a certain age. Too simple.

We experience song too complex when there are too many new elements in the music. For example, if you like to listen to André Hazes, you may experience a polyphonic choir as too complex.

For example, in genres you never listen to, many sounds, rhythms, or instruments occur that you don’t hear every day. We tend to reject that. It simply does not meet our requirement of a balance between simplicity and complexity. 

your favorite song has something recognizable as well as something unknown

For example, a band like The Beatles offers recognition by using the same voices, instruments and the structure of the song. For example, what is new is in the lyrics, melody and the zeitgeist in which the song is written.

This also explains the reaction of people who can react violently when they hear a genre that they have not often had in their lives. Or a cover that would rape the original.

“Oooooh, please turn it off, it’s unheard of!” The emotion resonates in it.