Characteristics of Music: Heavy Metal

Our journey through the realm of music characteristics has taken us down a winding road as we’ve explored the ins and outs of music’s many genres. From pop to opera, country to Indigenous, gospel to punk, we’ve seen how these genres relate to and grow from each other to weave the tapestry of music. This week we’re going to take a detour down a path we’ve only begun to explore. On the tree of music, rock and roll is a pretty hefty branch, supporting many offshoots. One of the most robust, diverse, and popular subgenre of rock and roll is known as...

<< Read More >>

Characteristic of Music: Opera

What a whirlwind journey we’ve been on! We set off with a look at one of music’s most adaptable and ever changing genres, pop, before moving into the wider world of music, including classical, jazz, R&B, hip hop, folk, funk, punk, and rock and roll, and more. We even took a peek at the incredible diversity of Canada’s Indigenous music. But even with all this exploration of music and what makes each genre tick, we’ve only just scratched the surface. Let’s dive straight into out next genre, opera! What, Exactly, is Opera? In a nutshell, opera is a dramatic story told through the use...

<< Read More >>

Characteristics of Music: Hip Hop

What an incredible journey through music we’ve been on! Over the last few months, we’ve explored the fundamental characteristics of a wide chunk of the musical spectrum, but we’re only really started to starch the surface of what music has to offer. We’ve explored everything from classical to pop, from jazz and R&B to rock and roll and country, and from folk to punk. Last week we even explored the characteristics of some of Canada’s Indigenous music. But when it comes to the wide world of music, we’ve only just begun! This week we’re taking a look at something that’s more than...

<< Read More >>

Characteristics of Music: Canada’s Indigenous Music

What an incredible couple of months we’ve had exploring the unique characteristics of a variety of musical genres.  We started this wild ride with a look at that biggest and ever-changing genre, pop, before moving into jazz, rock and roll, punk, funk, R&B, reggae, swing, country, folk, gospel, and finally, last week, music from the classical period. This week we’re going to stay on the same theme, but stick a little closer to home with a look at the music of Canada’s native communities. The First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada have deep, diverse, and unique cultural traditions that are...

<< Read More >>

Characteristics of Music: Classical

Starting in April, we’ve been taking an incredible journey through the characteristics of music! We started the voyage with a look at that most popular and ever-changing genre, pop. From there, we’ve gone on to explore the key characteristics of genres including jazz, rock and roll, punk, funk, R&B, reggae, swing, country, folk, and finally, last week, gospel. Let’s keep this train rolling with another genre this week: classical! The Classical Period The Classical period of music was lasted nearly 100 years, from about 1730 to around 1820, although certain aspects and variations of it continued well into the middle of the...

<< Read More >>

Characteristics of Music: Gospel

For the past few months, we’ve been spending some time exploring the distinct characteristics of different musical genres to see how they tick, and how they’re all connected. We began with the most popular genre of all, pop. From there, we’ve explored jazz, rock and roll, punk, funk, R&B, reggae, swing, country, and folk music. This week we’re going to explore the characteristics of a genre that serves as the inspiration for many other genres to come after it: gospel music. With hypnotic, driving, and impassioned lyrics and music, gospel music has been a critical part of the spiritual life of the...

<< Read More >>

Characteristics of Music: Folk

What a wild, musician ride we’ve been on these past few months! We’ve spent the last several months exploring the key characteristics of a variety of different musical genres, and what makes them each unique. We began this journey with a look at pop music, before moving on to jazz, rock and roll, punk, funk, R&B, reggae, swing, and finally, country last week. Let’s keep this ball rolling with a genre that has been a major part of every culture on Earth: folk music! Of course, this week’s topic is a little different than the ones that have come before. Although jazz,...

<< Read More >>

Characteristics of Music: Country

The concept of “music” is massive and ever-changing. That’s probably why we like to break it up into individual genres; it's easier to keep track of that way. And what an incredible rainbow of musical styles human beings have created! Over the last couple of months, we’ve taken some time to explore what makes a handful of musical genres unique. We started our journey with a look at the genre that perhaps changes the most often: pop. From there we have branched out to explore the characteristics of jazz, rock and roll, punk, funk, R&B, reggae, and finally, swing. This week we’re...

<< Read More >>

Characteristics of Music: Swing

The variety of genres that go into making up the spectrum of music is vast and constantly growing. That’s why we’ve been spending some time exploring different genres and the characteristics that make them each unique. We started this journey looking at what makes pop music so popular, before moving on to jazz, rock and roll, punk, funk, R&B, and last week, reggae. This week we’re going to take a look at a genre that evolved out of the massively popular sound of jazz: swing. For many people, jazz and swing are the same thing – interchangeable. And while this isn’t exactly...

<< Read More >>

Characteristics of Music: Reggae

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been taking a closer look at the characteristics that make each musical genre unique and different from the last. We started our journey with a look at pop music’s characteristics, before moving on to jazz, rock and roll, punk, funk, and lastly, R&B. Let’s keep that ball rolling this week with a look at the 5 critical characteristics of reggae. What is Reggae? Today, while the term is sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae actually refers to a particular style of music...

<< Read More >>