The Eight Elements of Music
Music has eight elements that composers and performers manipulate to create
musical pieces that stir hearts and souls.
The elements are:
rhythm, dynamics, melody, harmony, tone, color, texture and form
are what formulate the “language of music” and influence our interpretations
of what we hear and/or read.
Imagine yourself an actor reading a script. You must “read between the lines” and
input your own interpretation of the song.
How many ways can you read the lyrics I wrote?
How do you know what tone and dynamics to use? And why?
The saying, “You cannot tell a book by its cover” can better explain
the thoughts and meaning of any one of the songs that I have written
on a personal level.
Who or what is the song about?
One element is missing from the eight.
The element of being “a poet/songwriter” is “motivational.”
The element of “wanting” to write a poem/song.”
Copyright 2000 Peggy Penny