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Music is an art form, whose medium is sound and silence and depends on cultural context to be recognized as music. The common elements of music are pitch (which includes melody and harmony), rhythm (which is associated with concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics (loudness and softness), and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture (which are sometimes termed the "color" of a musical sound). (Music on Wikipedia)

Theory and composition

Western music

The goal of the 'Theory and composition' department is to equip the student with the tools and skills necessary to compose, arrange and analyze music. At the completion of this course of study, students will possess the skills and knowledge of western theory, creative writing, arranging, as well as having a portfolio of original works.

Ear training

Ear training is learning/training your ears to recognize what you hear and put it down onto paper. These are basic learning guides, exercises and projects to help you understand in a meaningful way the flurry of sound in music.


Music instruments

Music resources

Open Source softwares

For all operating systems

  • Metronome
  • Music Instrument Tuner (a great tool that has nice features such as showing harmonics, wave form, etc.)
  • Guitar tuner
  • Vtones (cross platform midi editor)
  • Audacity (cross-platform sound editor ; a helpful tool for simple recordings and editing)
  • Ardour (digital audio workstation ; a great program for multi-track recording, mixing, mastering, etc.)
  • Musescore (cross-platform music notation software)

For Linux

  • Calf Plugins (very nice plugins : compressor, multichorus, reverb,etc.)
  • GTick (very nice and useful metronome for Gnome desktop)

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A chord, simply, is any combination of notes. Theoretically, any combination of notes is a chord, however, when used in a certain combination, some notes complement each other better than others. These notes are played together the most often, and make up the most popular chords. Traditionally, chords used three notes. While two notes is technically harmony, they can also be considered chords in general. Because of the broad nature of this definition, types of chords have been developed that "sound good", in the western philosophy of music.

The following chords can be played in any scale. To understand them, one should have the basic knowledge of a scale first. There is no specific tonal order for the notes to be played; many kinds of "inversions" can be created by placing the notes in different orders. The first four examples are shown with the root note C. The remaining examples listed here are shown with the root note Bb. (more...)

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