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What Music Should be Introduced to Children?

Santa Barbara Piano LessonsClassical music is divided into several periods and styles. Studies have shown that polyphonic music has a significant impact ondeveloping children's intellect, if introduced in early years, especially during the prenatal period. What is polyphonic music?

The Art of Music

There are three main languages to convey musical thought:

Monophony/Monody ("mono" = one, "phone" = voice/pitch) - one-voice melody as in Gregorian chants, folklore music, etc. Historically, it was the earliest form.

Polyphony ("poly" = many, "phone" = voice/pitch) - multiple voices. Polyphonic music arose in the ninth century. It was based on Gregorian chants and became the prevailing musical style throughout the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and reached its peak in the Baroque era (XVII-XVIII century). Counterpoint (punctus contra punctum = note against the note) is a technique used in fugues and other polyphonic forms. Rounds and canons are the simplest forms of polyphonic style. The culmination of polyphonic style, so-called imitative Santa Barbara Piano Lessonscounterpoint, is manifested in J.S. Bach's music. Other famous masters of polyphonic style are: Lasso, Palestrina, Handel, Pachelbel, Purcell, Vivaldi, and many others. Polyphonic language is known for its contrast of melodies. In other words, polyphony is an ensemble of melodies. The form is seamless, creating an impression of perpetual motion. It's also multifaceted. It's known for an innermost thought and intellectual, spiritual and philosophic content. Sorrow and contemplation are well conveyed using this style while spontaneity is not. Polyphonic musical speech is always a well-thought expression. These are noble qualities - the fruit of high-cultured musical speech.

Heterophony - a combination of monodic and polyphonic languages.

Harmony - melody with accompaniment. As opposed to polyphonic language, harmony emphasizes the supremacy of the chord -- the melody becomes secondary. The composers who wrote in harmonic style were Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Berlioz, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, etc.

Baroque music has a powerful effect on children's cognitive abilities. But what is more important, it connects children to their hearts and brings out the most profound human qualities: empathy and compassion.

Powerful Quotes

"Before beginning to learn an instrument, the learner, whether a child, adolescent or adult, should already be spiritually in possession of some music; he should, so to speak, carry it in his mind, keep it in his heart and hear it with his mind's ear. The whole secret of talent and of genius is that in the case of a person so gifted, music lives a full life in his brain before he even touches a keyboard or draws a bow across the strings. That is why Mozart as a small child could "at once" play the piano and the violin."Santa Barbara Piano Lessons
Heinrich Neuhaus

"You think this is one instrument? There are one hundred instruments!"
Anton Rubinstein

"Pedal is the soul of the piano."
Anton Rubinstein

"To play the piano is easy. I mean the physical process, and not the summit of pianistic art."
Heinrich Neuhaus

"Playing the piano is comparable to the movement of fingers; while performing the piano – moving the spirit."
Anton Rubinstein



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