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The Sonic Glossary

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The Sonic Glossary

The Sonic Glossary Partner(s): Ian Bent
Arts and Sciences

Access: Columbia only
Released: September 1998


The Sonic Glossary is an innovative teaching tool for music appreciation. It assumes no musical training on the part of the user. It defines musical terms by combining visual text, spoken voice, pictures, graphic images, and musical sound in creative ways, delivering them in high-quality audio for private study. The Sonic Glossary does not replace classroom teaching: at Columbia University Music Humanities is taught by small-group discussion, which the Sonic Glossary reinforces and amplifies.

Definitions are written by the teaching staff of Music Humanities, sound is recorded and mixed by the Computer Music Center, and the illustrations and animations are generated at CCNMTL. The finished components are then compiled and released on the Web. The Sonic Glossary contains over 75 entries.

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