Our guide to music
Molly Longman

Our guide to music

First published date April 16 2015 Amended date April 16 2015

Whether you fancy yourself the next Mozart, hope to become a music producer, or you just want to sing in the shower in the morning without breaking the eardrums of everyone in the house, you’re sure to find success when taking a music course.

Take note, not all music courses are the same. There is a large variety of classes that will help you learn everything from composition to how to rock out on the drums. Instructors cater to all skill levels, so whether you don’t know your flats from your sharps, or you’ve been boning up on music theory since you could hold a trombone, there’s a class out there for you.


More than just a catchy pop song...

In the first five minutes of a music course, you’ll learn that there’s a lot more to it than just singing along to the latest One Direction song while staying on key. Music is an art-form that requires a lot more than just a natural talent. Learning composition and theory can be as challenging as an upper-level maths course.


Not the same old song and dance

The world of music is forever changing and expanding. New genres are popping up every year. Dubstep didn’t exist ten years ago, but is one of the most popular categories of today. Ever heard of seapunk, rachet, or trap? These are all genres of music now. The most important thing a musician can have is an open and creative mind.


Terms to know:

Allegro – music played quickly and in a lively fashion

Largo – music that is played slow

Dischord - A combination of notes including one or more dissonant intervals, AKA a combination of notes that don’t sound quite right together

Stave - The lines upon which music notation is written

Key Signature - Symbols at the beginning of a stave showing which notes are to be played flat or sharp throughout a piece of music


Hotcourses’ favourite musicians

Beethoven, as we’re sure you know, was more than just a dog. He was one of the most famous composers of his time, his works including 32 piano sonatas 15 string quartets, 5 concertos, and nine symphonies.

Another musical inspiration whose work has withstood the test of time is John Lennon. He was an English musician, singer, and songwriter who was a founding member of The Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music.

Last, but certainly not least is the pop and country phenomenon Taylor Swift. Whether you consider yourself a Swifty (what some of Tay’s number one fans call themselves) or not, it’s undeniable that Swift has taken over the music industry. She can sing, write, and play the guitar – the triple threat that every musician should aspire to be.


Our top three music apps

TuneIn Radio – A free app that allows you to listen to 70,000 live radio stations and about two million podcasts. Basically, every radio station in the world is at your fingertips.

Figure – This must-have app is perfect for hopeful producers who love playing around with new sounds. The app supplies you with drums, bass and lead synth, and a drumbeat programmer, allowing you to create new tunes where ever you are.

Discovr Music – Discovr allows you to expand your music horizons, and stay in tune with what’s hot in music. By following your favourite bands, this app will bring you all of their latest music, videos, and photos. It will also lead you to new artists using its mind map feature – who knows, maybe you’ll discover the next big thing!

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