Why do we keep trying to teach children to sight read before they can actually understand, feel and hear music? Don’t we learn to speak before learning to write? At Meludia, we start with sensations and emotions; it’s the Meludia method.
Music is basically a stream of waves that our bodies perceive through our ears. “Hearing” a sound element like a music note, a chord or a rest is the first phase of music perception. So far, so good!
Once our body starts vibrating, it triggers a second emotional phase. You might not perceive this emotion but it exists in all music. It can be raw, sophisticated, internal, external, taut or stable. As well as heavily influencing our tastes and perception, this emotional impact is a source of profound natural enjoyment. This musical emotion is especially important for musicians as it motivates them to compose and perform music.
We have all had a tune stuck in our head at one point or another. This is because musical memory mentally reproduces sound elements and makes us relive sensations and emotions linked to melodies we have heard. But that’s not all! Memory integration helps musicians to imagine sounds without external stimuli. It also allows musicians to internally interpret, change and even recreate a piece of music they have heard. Ideally, our memories should store musical information in a structured coherent way (notably in keeping with the 7 elements of music) for it to be integrated homogeneously. See? It’s simple.
Sight reading and musical analysis
In spite of the intense emotional influence we feel when we listen to or play it, music can be considered in purely analytical and theoretical terms. The mind conceptualises, codifies, and theorizes sound elements captured by senses, emotions, and memory. This is when language, words, numbers, and signs – often referred to collectively as sight reading – are used to formalize and elaborate theoretical interpretations. This analysis leads to a better understanding of the music’s structure while making it easier to memorize and perform. It also enriches musicians’ creativity. Case in point!
Perceiving music in SEMA mode
These four types of perception are interlinked and inseparable. Consistent progress in each area will help you to develop your abilities, listen to music in a qualitative way and enjoy it more thoroughly. Over to you!