About Music Crash Courses

"I hold it equally impossible to know the parts without knowing the whole and to know the whole without knowing the parts in detail."

- Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher

Music is a part of our lives more today than at any other time in history. We spend hours and hours listening to music while we work, travel, play games, watch movies, sit in waiting rooms, and otherwise go about our daily lives. If you have ever wondered how music is created, organized, and performed, then this is the website for you!

What is music theory and why should I learn about it?

Music theory is the study of the organization and underlying structures of music. Knowing about these stuctures helps composers and songwriters create new music, and helps performers to create the most compelling and historically informed performances. Theory also helps us to understand the history of music and to recognize the features that distinguish one style from another. Music theory is a description of musical practices, not a prescription of how music should be. Theory analyzes music that is performed and enjoyed, and it helps us understand what makes music powerful and meaningful.

About the Author

For information about Sienna M. Wood, the author and programmer of this website, visit her website. Thanks to Juliana Madrone and John Peterson for their help and support.

"Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune." - Thomas Fuller

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley

"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe." - Lao Tzu

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy." - Ludwig van Beethoven

"Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue." - Plato

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." - Victor Hugo

"Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune." - Thomas Fuller

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