ERIC Number: EJ919105
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Professional Notes: Artistic Elements of a Marching Band
Heselton, Charlayne R.
Music Educators Journal, v97 n3 p24 Mar 2011
In this article, the author connects art and music to help others understand and value the relationship of these two disciplines. When working on a painting, or with other visual media, it is important to apply artistic elements and incorporate carefully considered design principles. This also applies in music and is especially apparent when a marching ensemble performs. As the music is learned and as the show is being coordinated and rehearsed on the field, helping students understand artistic elements and principles can help them comprehend the overall effect of their show and their performance. Some elements to consider are: (1) line, or the path of a point; (2) shape--the perceivable area or space; (3) the width and height of the group; (4) texture of the various parts of the formation; (5) surface quality; (6) colors; and (7) juxtaposition of values, light and dark. When these concepts are applied to the music and to the sets or drills that are rehearsed, students will be better able to recognize their goals on the field. This understanding can help students more easily create unity, balance, harmony, rhythm, contrast, and proper proportions in their field presentations.
Descriptors: Music, Visual Arts, Music Activities, Outdoor Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Design, Visual Aids, Drills (Practice)
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Education Level: Secondary Education
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