Music expertise is the ability to understand the structural elements of music compositions by reading musical scores or even by simply listening to music performance. Although the most common way to learn music is through the study of musical scores, this approach is demanding in terms of learning ability, given the required implicit knowledge of music theoretical notations and concepts. In this work we define a two-level color-based approach, that exploits graphical visualization techniques to represent data structures of classical music, and to perform harmonic analysis of musical compositions. Our main goal is to make easier and very quick the study of classical notations (recognized as a tedious and difficult task in the field), by providing individuals with a mechanism that clarifies complex relationships in music using visual clues. We performed a preliminary study to evaluate the effectiveness of our approach as well as participants' perceptions about its usefulness and pleasantness. The results of the study provided us with overall positive feedback about the effectiveness of our approach as well as further directions to explore.

A Color-based Visualization Approach to understand harmonic structures of Musical Compositions

MALANDRINO, Delfina;PIROZZI, DONATO;ZACCAGNINO, GIANLUCA;ZACCAGNINO, ROCCO
2015

Abstract

Music expertise is the ability to understand the structural elements of music compositions by reading musical scores or even by simply listening to music performance. Although the most common way to learn music is through the study of musical scores, this approach is demanding in terms of learning ability, given the required implicit knowledge of music theoretical notations and concepts. In this work we define a two-level color-based approach, that exploits graphical visualization techniques to represent data structures of classical music, and to perform harmonic analysis of musical compositions. Our main goal is to make easier and very quick the study of classical notations (recognized as a tedious and difficult task in the field), by providing individuals with a mechanism that clarifies complex relationships in music using visual clues. We performed a preliminary study to evaluate the effectiveness of our approach as well as participants' perceptions about its usefulness and pleasantness. The results of the study provided us with overall positive feedback about the effectiveness of our approach as well as further directions to explore.
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