Music Student 101
By Jeremy Burns, Matthew Scott Phillips
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We are musicians, composers, engineers, teachers and students alike. The path through academia, as a musician, can be challenging and uncertain but it can also be enriching and great fun! This is the path we chose and we are here as your resource. Explore theory, history, ear training, technique, special topics and overall musicianship.
||Clean39-Harmonic Progression Pt.3 (VII)||Continuing where episode 31 left off, this episode will cover the previously discussed chords: I, II7, IV and V7 (in major and minor) and their inversions. We now add the VII and it's inversions. Listen for the chord qualities (major, minor, dominant...||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean38-Pentatonic Scales||Pentatonic scales are five note scales that span the length of an octave. Major and minor scales, along with their respective modes, are all considered "heptatonic" or "seven note" scales. These scales also have five note subsets that are easier to...||1/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean37-Counterpoint Pt. 3||Continuing our discussion from episode 35-Counterpoint Pt.2, it's time to tackle 3rd and 4th species counterpoint! We have already built our cantus firmus and tried it out with 1st and 2nd species counterpoint. Our trilogy now comes to a satisfying...||1/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean36-The Jury (Stage Fright)||In the school of music, we have the "Jury". This terrifying moment occurs at the end of the semester when the student must display their progress, on their instrument, in front of a panel of professors. During this brief moment, a number of "fight or...||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean35-Counterpoint Pt.2||Continuing our discussion from episode 34-Counterpoint Pt.1, we will now discuss species counterpoint. We have already built our cantus firmus. Now, we will add a voice, using first species counterpoint. We will then take a stab at second species...||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34-Counterpoint Pt.1||Counterpoint, the art of combining two or more independent melodic lines, is a practice that has been around for hundreds of years. However, not a lot of musicians are familiar with the term. In this episode, part 1 of 2, we will discuss it's origins,..||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33-The Dawn of Music||In the beginning, before written history, our ancestors left artifacts and paintings that gave us clues as to how they once lived. This being a few million years ago, one can only speculate on how or why they began to experiment with sound and...||11/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32-7th Chords Pt.1: II7, V7||We've given the 7th chords a good listen. Now it's time to discuss the theory behind them and some of the conventions to consider while using them in part writing. This episode will focus on the ii7 and the V7 chords as well as their inversions. It's...||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31-Harmonic Progression Pt.2: I,ii7,IV,V7||Continuing where Episode 18 left off, this episode will feature the diatonic chords I, II7, IV and V7 (in major and minor). Listen for those chord qualities (major, minor, dominant 7th and minor 7th) and use your theory brain to find out how to...||10/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30-Stuff You See On A Score||You may be familiar with notes, key signatures and meter signatures. But, there's a lot more happening on a music score. Various markings, such as crescendo, forte, fortissimo and pianissimo, can tell a musician how hard or soft to play. While other...||9/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29-Intervals 2.0||Just in case we haven't said everything we need to say about intervals, it's time we said a little more! We will have a quick recap on the basic intervals followed by an extended discussion on other interval related topics. We will discuss compound...||9/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28-Nonchord Tones||Sometimes you will encounter notes that don't belong to the chords they are sounding over. These notes are just what they sound like, nonchord tones! In this episode, we will discover the main types of non chord tones: the passing tone, the neighbor...||8/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27-Modes||We've learned about the major and minor scales. Now it's time to explore the 7 Diatonic Modes: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. We will learn how to construct them and identify them using the "relative" and the...||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26-The Bass (feat. Aaron Branson)||The bass has a special effect on the listener. The frequencies in the lower register can often be felt just as much as they are heard. The bass can tell us more about harmonic progression and it can also tie the rhythm and melody sections together....||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25-The Circle of Fifths||When writing a song or a piece of music, it's good to know how certain chords and harmonies work together. An understanding of the circle of fifths can make this fairly simple. In this episode we will follow the circle all the way through and hit...||7/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24-MIDI||MIDI is one of the greatest things to happen to music and those who work with it. This music based language allows for the entry and edit of musical notes and their attributes. It also allows for the synchronization and communication between musical...||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23-Melodic Dictation Pt. 1||A melodic dictation exam is something you may or may not have to reckon with in your musical journey. Passing this course is essential for a music student working towards a degree. But for anyone, academia aside, these tips and tricks will help you...||5/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22-Voice Leading Pt.1||One big goal in tonal composition is to have good counterpoint within your harmonies. To do that, we need to learn how to approach part writing in the proper manner. To do that, we must first learn the principles of voice leading and why they are...||5/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21-Playing In A Cover Band (feat. Miguel Martinez)||There's no better way to get your performance feet wet than playing in a cover band! The material is there. You just have to learn it and execute it properly. The crowd will immediately connect with your music because they already know it! But there's..||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20-Form and Analysis Pt.1||An understanding of form and analysis can be a great aid in getting to know music better. Like an architect, a composer will structure their music on a foundation of building blocks. It's time to check out the blueprints! In this episode, we will take..||4/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19-Cadences Pt.1||A piece of music is often laid out like a poem or a story. The sentences and paragraphs can be likened to motives and phases. The punctuations and ends of these thoughts can be likened to the cadences. Some ask questions. Some answer the questions....||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18-Harmonic Progression Part 1: I, ii, IV, V||Harmonic dictation is an essential part of the music students curriculum. It can be a powerful tool for any musician because it will help to solidify an understanding of harmony and harmonic progression. In this episode, we will give tips and...||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17-The Piano (feat. Matthew Dutot Slocum)||The piano is a complex and beautiful instrument. It's fairly easy to learn, but quite challenging to master. In this episode, we will speak to a man that knows it up and down; Matthew Dutot Slocum. We will discuss where he is, how he got there, and...||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16-Diatonic Chords||Many great chord progressions in tonal music are based on specific sequences of triads and chords. These progressions sound naturally fulfilling or appealing. These chords often all consist of notes that strictly come from the major or minor...||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15-Inversions and Figured Bass||When you invert a chord, you rearrange it's pitch order. This can serve several purposes. In this episode, we will cover inversions for triads and seventh chords, how they're built and how to listen for them. We will also cover figured bass, a means...||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14-Being a Performer||A musical performance should really be all about the music. But there is still a performance element that tends to engage the viewing and listening audience. Let's talk about some pointers on how to enhance your over all show!||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13-Ear Training-Basic Triads||We've already given a good listen to the interval in episode 10. Let's add one more note to it and hear what the triad sounds like. We will discuss the sonic characteristics of the four basic triads: major, minor, augmented and diminished and their...||12/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12-Basic Triads, In Theory||Triads are the building blocks of harmony. In this episode, we will introduce you to the 4 basic triads: major, minor, augmented and diminished. We will discuss the theory behind them, the moods they evoke and the functions they serve.||12/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11-Music Career Possibilities||The career path of a musician can be a little unclear and equally uncertain. But have no fear! We are here as proof that you can make a comfortable living in the field of music. We will discuss the technical path (stage hands, roadies, live and...||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10-Ear Training-Intervals||Perk up your ears and get ready for more ear training. Being able to hear and identify simple intervals is the gateway to ear training excellence! If you've been through our theory episode on intervals (Ep. 09), now you can just sit back, listen and...||11/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09-Intervals, In Theory||Understanding intervals is an essential part of understanding, analyzing and critically listening to music. In this episode, we will discuss the theory behind intervals. Listen and learn the types of intervals and their roles. Find out some tips how...||10/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08-Minor Scales and Key Signatures||This episode is all about the minor scale. We will discuss minor key signatures and how to identify them by using the order of sharps or flats and a few other tricks we picked up along the way. We will discuss the circle of fifths, as it applies to...||10/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07-Odd Time Signatures: Finding The Beat||In order to play with other musicians, you have to be on the same page as them, rhythmically and tonally. In this episode, we will tackle the rhythmic aspect of music and how to identify what time signature (or meter signature) by using your ears...||10/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06-Good and Bad Study Habits||This episode addresses the music student and their study habits. We will focus on how to make the best of your time, both inside and outside the classroom. We will also give you a glimpse inside your professor's head when it comes to your interactions..||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05-Major Scales and Key Signatures||Listen as we dig a little deeper into the major scale. We will also discuss key signatures and how to identify them by using the order of sharps or flats and a few tricks we picked up along the way. The circle of fifths will make its brief debut as...||9/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04-Ear Training Tips||Ear training is an essential part of musical growth. In this episode we will discuss its process and some of our own ideas on how to develop it. We will also cover some great apps, websites and other resources you can use to sharpen your ears and your..||8/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03-Theory Basics Pt.2: Rhythm||Part 2 of 2, in our theory fundamentals series, this episode will cover the elements of rhythm. Learn about note values and their durations. Explore time signatures and how to distinguish simple and compound meter. You may wish to follow along with...||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02-Theory Basics Pt.1: Melody and Harmony||This, our first theory podcast, is elementary but crucial. In this episode, part 1 of a 2 part series, we will have a brief discussion on melody and harmony. We will also touch on scales, intervals and triads. Part 2 will cover rhythm. You may...||7/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01-Intro To Music Student 101||Welcome! Learn about us and our goals in this inaugural episode! Hosts, Matt and Jeremy, discuss their mission, their backgrounds and give a preview of the journey ahead. Though our target audience is the entry level music student, this podcast is...||7/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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Excellent podcast for anyone who wants to learn more about music and music theory. Great for students and hobbyists alike