Folk songs and melodies are very well loved, making them examples of Strophic Form. They can be an easy way to help your child learn a new or familiar song or melody.
Many of these songs and melodies are also prayer requests, so your child can connect their faith to this piece of music. Others see the inspiration behind the song, such as inspirational messages or products that match the style of music.
Finally, some see how closely the music is connected to medicine treatments, since some songs contain soothing qualities. For instance, a song about reliving an event might feature strong emotions that someone experiencing this music might feel while hearing it.
This article will talk about some common folk tunes, why they are at Strophic Form, and how your child can benefit from them.
Examples of strophic songs
Not all strophic songs are created equal. Some are so long and elaborate that they threaten to become or remain strophic.
Strohpic songs can range in length from a couple of lines to several minutes! This is an issue for music education, as music is a linear skill that can be improved by adding examples and drills.
Some examples of strophic songs include:
The first part of the song is short and sweet, focusing on a happy subject. However, at the end, something disturbing happens, which ups the drama ante. The listener may not feel excited or engaged with the content, making it unlikely that they will remember or process it later.
The second half of the song takes on a more ominous tone, focusing more on the subject’s impending problem or tragedy. This section also raises drama intensity, making it less likely that people will pay attention to what is going on in the rest of the song.
Examples of non-strophic songs
Non-strophic songs may come from different genres. Some examples include country, rock, gospel, and pop. None of these genres usually have good examples of strophe or hymn structure or melodies.
Having non-strophic songs can be frustrating as they may not always fit the criteria for music but are still beautiful to listen to.
How can you tell if a song is strophic? Most pastorate teachers would say with a straight face that it must have a good ending, it must have an appealing melody, and it must be catchy. It may be hard to detect on the ears due to its length and sound quality, but if you did not seem to feel the music was affecting you emotionally then there is definitely something wrong.
What is the difference between strophic and non-strophic?
Strophic material usually has a progression of words, phrases, and themes that intertwine. This is typically the case with folk songs and spiritual material.
Non-strophic material does not usually have any progression of words, phrases, or themes. This can be the case with gospel music or nontraditional songs.
Both strophic and non-strophic material can be uplifting, allowing you to feel good about yourself regardless of your current situation. Uplift materials can also help you feel more comfortable talking about you and your situation, which is important when it comes to making decisions on your behalf.
Many people find Folk Music to be functional healthcare because it can bring you back into a healthy feeling state that makes you feel good.
Why are folk tunes and hymns usually not good examples of strophic form?
Both these types of songs and melodies are thought to be good examples of strophic form. When a song or melody is well-composed, it makes it easier for the listener to follow and understand what is being said.
This is important when you are trying to determine if a folk tune or hymn is appropriate for your children. If the song or melody sounds scary, you can probably trust that the kids will be okay while listening to it.
Furthermore, some folk tunes and hymns have interesting histories behind them. Some were written by people years ago, but were forgotten about until they heard someone else’s version of them and felt comfortable using them.
What are the characteristics of a strophic song?
A strophic song is typically short and sweet, usually has a happy or comfortable feel, and typically does not talk about serious or difficult subjects.
However, there are some strophic songs that do not have any explicit language, are more serious in nature, or have more difficult subject matter. These harder strophic songs may have strong language.
Many times, when looking for help with a strophic song, you will need to change the style of singing to accommodate the harder content in the song. Changing the style of singing can be done using either soft or hard music software such as software that can change melodies easily.
Folktunes and spirituals are examples of stroophic songs that do not have any explicit language, are more social in nature than strictly spiritual in nature, and have less difficulty content than a folk tune or spiritual.
What are the characteristics of a non-strophic song?
A non-strophic song does not have any structure to it, it is just a piece of music that makes you feel emotional.
This can be bad or good! It can make you cry or get a laugh. It can make you move or make you sit down. It can make you remember a time in your life when something was important.
What are the characteristics of a traumatic song?
If someone was suffering from trauma, they would need music that made them feel like they were back in that time period, with only one detail changed. This would help them feel comfortable and honest with themselves.
What are the examples of non-strophic songs?
A lot of non-strophic songs don’t have a clear message. Some are just filler, and some are just too short to make a solid message.
Short, sweet songs can be beautiful, but they may not speak out of a political or social message. Sometimes, they do have a meaning, but it may be buried under the song’s sweetness.
Some non-strophic songs do have a slight political or social message, though. One good example is The Angry Birds Theme. It is not exactly politically correct, but it does have a meaning.
The theme song for Angry Birds was very short and sweet, which did not seem to give enough time for the artist to put out a strong message. This is something to watch out for as you go into looking for music.
Why are spirituals and jazz often considered as having non-strophic form?
Many people believe that spirituals and jazz are examples of “non-strophic form,” as they see it. They believe this because they believe these genres of music are usually symbolic in nature, and thus good for getting you focused on something else for a minute.
However, they do not always notice how the symbolism can sometimes become tropes or typical ideas in a genre. For example, a song about being angry very rarely features any positive emotions. Or how the idea of being symbolic really applies to the style of music itself being non-stmissive.
Lack of attention can make them overlook how this style can be hard on the mind, which is what we want to get back to when we use it.