Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association (CMA) is the premier trade association of the Country Music industry. Representing professionals making a living in Country Music globally, the organization serves as a critical resource of support and information, honors excellence in the genre and provides a forum for industry leadership. CMA is dedicated to expanding Country Music around the world through a number of core programs and initiatives including the organization’s three annual television properties—the CMA Awards, “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas,” all of which air on ABC. The organization’s philanthropic arm, the CMA Foundation, works tirelessly to provide equitable access to music education in order to create impactful change for students and teachers across the United States.
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What You Need to Know About Music
Music is a powerful way to connect with people and it can have an impact on our everyday lives. Whether it’s the emotional feeling you get when listening to your favourite song or the frisson you feel when you see your favourite band on stage, there’s a lot to learn about this amazing art form.
One of the biggest aspects of Music is the production process. The producers are the ones who create and shape the sounds of a track, so it’s important for them to know how to listen objectively when it comes to their own work. They should also be up to date on today’s trends, formats, genres and all the latest equipment.
A lot of music has a melodic component but the rhythm is also important. The beats can be strong (a single downbeat in a measure) or weak (a grouping of two beats or multiples of two). Both are used to create patterns and a musical structure called meter. The beats are organised into groups called measures and these are in turn grouped into bars or phrases.
The arrangement of the melody and the accompaniment in a piece is called harmony. It can sound dissonant or consonant – think of the famous clap pulse of Frere Jacques, or more recently 20th century classical pieces that often avoid pleasant-sounding harmony. Musical forms are the organisation of the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements into larger structures such as sonata form, ABA, rondo or theme and variations.