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Jenna W.
Music tutor/private instructor for nine years; Master's student in Music Composition/Theory
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Writing
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Question:

What is an Oxford comma? Create a sentence which uses an Oxford comma.

Jenna W.
Answer:

An Oxford (or serial) comma is used at the end of a list before the final conjunction. The Oxford comma is a stylistic choice, not required by some style guides; however, it is largely used for clarity in writing. The puppy loved to play with a bone, a ball, and a stuffed animal.

Music Theory
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Question:

What is a cadence? Name four types of cadences and their function within music.

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Answer:

A cadence is a musical progression of at least two chords that typically concludes a phrase or chord progression (though it doesn't always have to). Four examples of common musical cadences are: 1) Perfect Authentic Cadence (PAC): a type of dominant-tonic chord progression where a dominant V chord in root position proceeds a tonic I/i chord in root position with the tonic pitch of the scale in the melody. 2) Half Cadence (HC): any cadence that ends in a dominant V chord. 3) Plagal Cadence (PC): a subdominant IV to tonic I chord progression; typically called the "amen" cadence due to its frequency in religious music. 4) Phrygian Half Cadence (PHC): in a minor key, this chord progression is a subdominant iv6 chord to a V chord, characterized by half step motion downward in the bass voice to the V chord.

Music
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Question:

What are the affective qualities of music? Can music persuade a listener? What kind of touch, through theory or practice, must be applied in order to create the desired sound?

Jenna W.
Answer:

Music is a science that does not need to be understood or learned to be enjoyed. Therefore, as an informed musician, we have a unique responsibility to create an appropriate atmosphere for the audience - to understand the music we are performing and communicate this effectively through technique, theory, and performance practice.

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