Introduction

The present tutorial provides an introduction to the materials and theory of music. The tutorial does not assume any prior musical background, but rather introduces and builds upon basic concepts through examples the reader can see, hear and explore. The tutorial explains some features of musical notation, but neither emphasizes nor requires the ability to read music. Instead, the tutorial places emphasis upon the connection between musical terms and the sounds to which they refer.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: The pages require the latest Flash player, a free plug-in available at Macromedia. You will be prompted and directed to the download page if you do not already have the plug-in installed. Be sure you have the latest version of the Flash Player.

TIPS IF THE EXAMPLES ARE NOT WORKING:

  • Be sure your computer's sound/speakers are turned on and the volume is up.
  • Try simply reloading the page (especially if you have resized the browser window).
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