What do you think of when you hear the word tonality?
Tonality in music refers to the overall sound of a piece of music as defined by the key it is played in. The definition of tonality in music is the overall relationship between melody and harmony and how they create a unique sound set when combined. the tonality of a piece of music depends on two other elements of music – melody and harmony.
Vocabulary to Know
accidental- in music is a sign placed before a note that either raises or lowers a note by a semitone. An accidental is better known as sharps or flats. scale- in music terms, is a series of eight notes that span an octave. An octave contains 8 notes, and in music, this would be from, for example, a low C to a high C. Consonant – music that has a pleasant sound Dissonant – music that has an unpleasant sound
Major and Minor Scales
Minor scales are built with a formula of half and whole steps as follows: W, H, W, W, H, W, W. Major scales are built with a formula of half and whole steps like this: W, W, H, W, W, W, H.
What is the difference between major and minor scales in music?
In what ways can tonality be used to convey emotion in a song?
What is tonality in music?
- The speed at which a piece of music is performed
- The organization of musical sounds around a central tone or key
- The volume or loudness of a musical performance
Which scale is commonly associated with a happy and uplifted sound?
Which scale has a more somber and melancholic feel?