Iconography, Nomenclature, and Sound: Building a Musical Database

Cynthia I. Gonzales

Abstract


Musicians who possess functional sight singing and dictation skills have unified into a single entity three discrete bodies of knowledge about music: iconography, nomenclature, and sound. Iconography refers to the visual representation of music. By nomenclature, I mean any labeling system for pitch, rhythm, and harmony. The third component—musical sound—is abstract, being invisible to human eyes and intangible to human touch. In this essay, I suggest approaches to unifying iconography, nomenclature, and sound into a "musical database," as well as propose a curricular reform in which aural skills precedes courses in written theory.

Keywords


sight singing; music dictation; aural skills; ear training

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/es.v7i0.7367

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