Music Should be Introduced to Children?
Classical 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
Art of Music
are three main languages to convey musical thought:
("mono" = one, "phone" = voice/pitch)
- one-voice melody as in Gregorian chants, folklore music,
etc. Historically, it was the earliest form.
("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 counterpoint,
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.
- a combination of monodic and polyphonic languages.
- 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,
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
"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."
"You think this is one instrument? There are one hundred instruments!"
"Pedal is the soul of the piano."
"To play the piano is easy. I mean the physical process, and not the summit of pianistic art."
"Playing the piano is comparable to the movement of fingers; while performing the piano – moving the spirit."