TMT16: Contrast vs Unity vs Variety

This week’s podcast is just a little taste test of how to distinguish between Contrast, Variety and Unity. All three words are slightly different and students need to be trained in how best to manipulate the information that they might have. I have provided a supporting document that basically goes through some of the discussion points that you can use in your classes. I usually talk to the students about the difference between the three words from an english perspective and then of course from a musical perspective.

Next week I am going to expand on this and show you how you can ID specifics from a score or a recording, and create responses that are slightly different depending on the use of contrast, variety or unity. I will also talk a little more about “power sentences” – sentences full of rich terminology (as opposed to “waffle”)

Contrast vs Unity vs Variety


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