Music is an art form and cultural activity whose basis is sound organized in time. It refers to the vocal or instrumental sounds combined in such a way as to produce a form of beauty, harmony, and expression of emotions. Generally definitions of music will include common elements such as pitch (which governs melody and harmony), the sonic qualities of timbre, rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics (loudness and softness), and texture (which are sometimes termed the "color" of a musical sound). Different styles or types of music may include some of these, emphasize, de-emphasize or even omit some of these elements. Music can be performed with a huge range of instruments and vocal practices ranging from singing to rapping. There can be purely instrumental pieces, exclusively vocal pieces (such as songs without instrumental accompaniment) and pieces that combine singing and instruments.
In its most common form, the activities describing music as a cultural activity or art form include the study of the history of music, creation of works of music (songs, symphonies, tunes, and so on), the appreciation of music, the criticism of music, and the aesthetic examination of music. Since time immemorial music has remained as an alluring thing to please our hearts. The Indian philosophers and Ancient Greek defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Certain common sayings such as "the harmony of the spheres" and "it is music to my ears" refer to the notion that music is often methodical and pleasant to listen to. In the 20th-century composer, John Cage thought that every sound can be music. Coming to the learning of the theory of music, the term Music theory is the study of the practices and the possibilities of music. The Oxford Companion to Music describes three numbers of interrelated uses of the term "music theory". The first is called 'rudiments', presently taught as the elements of notation, of time signatures, of key signatures, of rhythmic notation, and so on. The second is the study of writings about music and its related activities from ancient times onwards. The third is a field of current musicological study that seeks to define procedures and general ideologies in music - a sphere of research that can be distinguished from analysis such that it takes as its starting point not the individual effort or performance but the fundamental resources from which it is built.
The best places in the world to study music are Vienna of Austria, Milan of Italy, Paris of France, Barcelona of Spain, Tokyo of Japan, Berlin of Germany and Dublin of Ireland. There are generally 10 genres of the music industry which include Electronic Dance Music, Rock Music, Jazz, Dubstep, Rhythm and Blues, Techno, Country Music, Electro, Indie Rock, New Age, Reggae and Pop. Electronic Dance Music generally referred as EDM, is a form of music is produced by DJs who add dozens of tones to a piece to create unique music, Rock Music originated as “Rock & Roll” in the United States and it has been rocking the world since the 1950s, Jazz is identified with swing and blue notes, Dubstep is the use of instruments attracting music lovers for its bass and rhythm, Rhythm and Blues is a combination of hip hop, funk, dance, pop and soul focusing on themes like relationships, sex and freedom, Country Music is formed using simple forms of instruments ranging from electric and steel guitars to drums and mandolin or mouth organ, Electro is a perfect blend of hip hop and electronic music thus electro or electro-funk uses drum machine, vocoder and talkbox, Indie Rock genre is of alternative rock music, it originated in the 1980s and in Pop Music the “Pop” is a term derived from “Popular” and thus Pop Music is known to be a genre of popular music.
Music is a field often ignored in India when it comes to quality education in terms of international standards. Different countries work differently on the development of music based upon their diversity of cultures and the instruments available. Often people try to continue music as profession from their base of music in extra-curricular activities but if somebody wants make it a profession with proper depth of understanding an analysis, certain degrees is music will be helpful. We know that practice makes a man perfect, but practicing with the help of industry professionals, trained musicians and performing legends is what really helps to improve one’s craft better. Developing a strong understanding of how to organize and compose music as well as mastering the technique that will ripen ones sound, builds ones skillset to the level of a true professional musician ready to take on the industry. But there is no use of having all of this talent if one doesn't how to utilize it for money in case of professional aspects. If someone is looking forward to turn ones passion into a sustainable career, it is required of that person to learn how to handle copyright, promote oneself, negotiate contracts and make more money. When one plans to study abroad, there is so much to gain by leaving the comforts and confines of what’s known and predictable. While the culture, geography, language, customs, food etc. may be very different from what one is accustomed to, the common denominator is still the passion to study and play music. Learning in a collegial environment with students from other parts of the world can be exceptionally inspiring. It can open up creative circuits and bring a broader perception to ones composing performance, and general understanding of music.
Some common courses of music on which a Bachelor’s degree is available are of Associate of Arts in Music by Douglas College for a period of 4 semesters; Creative Music Technology by University of Gloucestershire, Music in Classical Voice by The University of Adelaide, Music Composition and Arts in Music by The University of Sydney, Irish with Music and Drama with Music by Ulster University, and American Studies and Popular Music in Society and American Studies and Popular Music Production by University of Derby for a period of 3 years; Music Business by University of Gloucestershire and Music Technology by Coventry University for a period of 4 years. A Master’s degree preferably is a kind of specialization on the stream or sub-stream chosen during the Bachelor’s degree. But in the case of music, it may include interdisciplinary courses as well. Some courses on which a Master’s degree of music can be available are of Creative Music Practice by University of Gloucestershire, Music Industry Management and Promotion by University of Central Lancashire, Music Industries by University of Glasgow Music Performance Studies and Music Management by University of Sheffield, Audio Engineering by University of Derby, and Creative Musicianship by Ulster University for a period of 1 year; Music Composition and Musicology by University of Sydney and Music (Performance and Pedagogy) by The University of Adelaide for a period of 2 years.
According to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, the top universities for Performing Arts includes The Juilliard School, University of Music and Performing Arts, Royal College of Music, University of Oxford, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Sibelius Academy, University of California, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Indiana University Bloomington, in order. Studying abroad comes expensive as well. Thus students look for scholarships often to pay their tuition fees and if possible there accommodation fees. Some common scholarships for studying music abroad include University Of Pittsburgh Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition, MAHSA School Teachers Scholarship, Anders Wall Scholarship Foundation At Uppsala University, Simon And June Li Scholarships At The University Of Oxford, No Loan Arch Scholarship, Vanderbilt University Merit Scholarships, etc. Now certain common scholarships for a master's degree includes Lady Allen And Linares Rivas Scholarship, Oxford Centre For Islamic Studies (OCIS) Scholarships, Anders Wall Scholarship Foundation At Uppsala University, BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship, Trinity Bursaries For Students From Africa, Chevening Scholarship, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships, to name a few. After a master’s degree, a student can apply to research further in a specialized stream of music by doing a PhD degree. Certain scholarships for PhD in music include 3M National Student Fellowship, Cambridge International Scholarships, Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, Townsend Dissertation Fellowships, American Association Of University Women International Fellowships, Colab PhD Scholarship, Visiting Graduate Student Summer Fellowships, etc.
There exists several job and future opportunities for students with degrees in music. the jobs include being a Music therapist, Musician, Private music teacher, Secondary school teacher, Sound technician, broadcasting/film/video, App Developer, Arts Manager, Audio Engineer, Music Blogger, Broadcast Engineer, Chamber Musician, Arts administrator, Broadcast engineer, Community arts worker, Event manager, PPC specialist, Private tutor, Radio broadcast assistant, Radio producer, Theatre stage manager, etc. The music jobs which pay the most globally include Orchestral Musician, Video Game Sound Designer, Recording Engineer, Music therapist, Road Manager, Booking Agent, Session Musician and Music Attorney, in order.
Canada, ranked amongst the top 10 countries of the world by United Nations, is known for its eminent education, excellent institutions and quality of life. It has the top institutions and universities which provide excellent education to students from all over the world, thereby becoming one of the top choices for studying abroad.
A number of Canadian Institutes provide exchange programs for its students, all over the globe, which gives them the right exposure and a great experience to learn and develop as an individual. Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec are the top hubs for education in Canada where a number of international students prefer.
The country spends a lot on providing the best education to its students. Various undergraduate degrees, postgraduate courses, diploma, advanced diploma, etc. are being provided in most of the Canadian Universities.University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Waterloo and York University are counted among the best universities in Canada.
Canada can be a great choice for students planning to pursue higher degrees of education because of the high standards and lower cost of living. The universities provide excellent infrastructure and facilities, which makes it a highly favored study abroad destination.
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