Chapter 2

A Review of Fundamental Terminology

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand necessary terminology for the study of music, including melody, harmony, rhythm (beat, meter, tempo), text setting (syllabi vs. melismatic), timbre, ornamentation, improvisation, and form.
  2. Become familiar with mainstream popular music genres associated with the West, as a foundation for the study of popular world music, including popular song, ballroom dance, jazz, rock and hip-hop.

Flashcards of Glossary Terms


Listening Guide Audio

Chapter 2

Listening Guide Audio

Popular Song

“La Vie en Rose”

Edith Piaf

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Ballroom Dance

“The Missouri Waltz”

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

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“West End Blues”

Louis Armstrong

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“Hound Dog”

Elvis Presley

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“A Day in the Life”

The Beatles

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“I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By”

Mary J. Blige and Method Man

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Additional Audio Examples and Links

Audio Examples

12-bar Blues

Major and Minor Chords

Syllabic and Melismatic Singing

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