Musical Academia is an aesthetic involving the art and education of music theory, culture, creation, and learning instruments and vocal techniques. These subjects coincide with Theatre Academia in the form of musicals. Musical Academia is not strictly adherent to school curriculum, as self-teaching may be just as effective and valid within the aesthetic.

Visual

Visuals for musical academia lie on a broad spectrum. This can include:

  • Album covers
  • Band/orchestra rooms
  • Calloused fingers
  • CDs
  • Conductors' batons and wands
  • Guitar picks, violin bows, reeds
  • Instrument cases
  • Metronomes
  • Microphones
  • Music books and music theory textbooks
  • Music education videos
  • Music stands
  • Musical instruments of any kind
  • Music scores, clefs, and other notation
  • Orchestra pits
  • Pencils
  • Sheet music
  • Tuners
  • Theaters/performance stages
  • Vinyls

Philosophy

Musical Academia is open to interpretation, as it does not base itself on one genre of music. It can vary by culture and genre, as it is the education and knowledge of the music itself that is important to the aesthetic. Appreciation for all music is not necessary, as certain genres may be more appealing to an individual, in which case other music related aesthetics can be combined specifically for that person. For example, musical academia can be mixed with grunge to achieve an aesthetic similar to Kurt Cobain.

Music

Music Academia can be applied to a variety of music genres as previously stated. Although, traditionally, certain genres and songs are commonly used for practicing instruments and are well known to music students.

Songs/pieces include (but are not limited to):

  • Chopsticks
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • Heart and Soul by Hoagy Carmichael
  • Ave Maria by Franz Schubert
  • The Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Fur Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Clair De Lune by Claude Debussy
  • Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major by J.S. Bach
  • Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
  • Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple
  • Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
  • Doe-Re-Mi by Julie Andrews
  • Let It Go by Idina Menzel
  • Anything Phil Collins or John Williams

Fashion

Under Construction

Activities

Sports

  • Figure skating/ice skating
  • Rollerskating/skate boarding
  • Ballet
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Dancing of any kind
  • Running
  • Gymnastics

Outings

  • Concerts
  • The theatre
  • The opera
  • Music stores
  • Parks and gardens (walk around and try to find musicians performing!)
  • Record shops

Crafts

  • Woodwork
  • Painting
  • Graphic design
  • Metalwork
  • Creating your own instruments

Other

  • Analyze music or lyrics
  • Annotating music scores
  • Busking
  • Create playlists with oddly specific themes
  • Decorate your instruments (Please be careful in doing this.)
  • Design album covers for yourself
  • Hyperfixate on a composer, musician, or band and learn all about them
  • Learn sheet music and TAB
    • Learn about music theory.
    • Read a music textbook
  • Learn about music history.
  • Listen to music
    • Broaden your musical horizons and listen to new or obscure genres. (Check out Every Noise at Once for some interesting genres.)
  • Paint on your CDs/vinyls (But only the ones you won't be using! They'll be rendered unusable after you decorate them)
  • Practice your instrument(s)
    • Learn a new instrument
    • Learn repertoire specific to your instrument (and orchestral excerpts)
    • Memorize scales
    • Sing/vocal exercises
    • Sight-transpose music
  • Join a music group. (Chorus, band, pit orchestra, string orchestra, small ensemble, concert band . . . the possibilities are endless).
  • Think of band names
  • Watch a movie and download the soundtrack
    • Watch a movie solely for the soundtrack
  • Watch a musical
  • Write:
    • Arrangements
    • Poems
    • Scores
    • Soundtracks
    • Songs/lyrics

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