A Thematic Analysis Of The Song 'Greensleeves'

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Above is the first page of the song “Greensleeves”. It is a typical waltz-beat song in the time signature of 6/8. Each measure consists of 6 quarter notes, which are six beats in this case. All of the measures almost look identical at first glanc, because the orders of the notes are structured similarly. In the first four measures, each measures starts with a lowest note A and ends with a highest note E; starting from measure five, the starting notes vary, the ending notes vary consequently. Because of the characteristics of pulse that drive repetition of strong and weak beats, the “strong” notes, which are the first and fourth note in each measure, will be emphasized when the music is played. Therefore, even individuals with weak sense…show more content…
As a concept, “repetition connotes a continuous disturbance, a non-stop, relentless, repetitive forcing function which drives and compels the listener to notice the beat” (Schneck and Berger 157). Rhythmic repetition drives the brain to attention. Popular music's major rhythmic aspect is its repetitive nature, where a phrase of pulse pattern or melody movement is rhythmically repeated numerous times; soldiers march great distances to rhythmic phrases; children repeats the new word he has just learned over and over until he grasps it without thinking. The non-stop, repetitive, stable, consistent, and reliable pulsing of the meter is the stimulation that keeps the body and brain connected, and drives a piece of music to its conclusion. The brain will sustain its attention and interest if a simple verbal phrase is repeated. Therefore, presenting a piece of music which rhythmic repetition will help create a friendly, non-threatening, and fun environment for autistic children by driving them to engage and participate in music; consequently, their language skills would be built up by their following the repeating syllables. Below is a song effectively in engages and helps autistic children who are non-verbal or have very limited speech. Namely, “Dueling C’s” by Dana…show more content…
It will be disturbed and feel unsafe by even a slight unexpected event. Music itself, being a natural sedative, gives brain peace and calmness. Individuals of all ages and all abilities can benefit from music, including those with autism spectrum disorders. The rhythmic elements within a musical piece helps autistic persons to behave functionally, stay in a calm state of mind, respond to others, and ultimately initiate to communicate, both verbally or non-verbally. The alternation of strong-weak pulsation invites the brain to engage; patterns, by connecting different pulses together with more variation, makes the music more intricate and mesmerizing; slow tempo enables speech by letting the brain hear both lyrics and melody more clearly; repetition reinforces all three features above, grabbing attention from brain

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