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Why is terminology important?

Why is terminology important? If we want to discuss our research, we need to be precise in our descriptions. Here, the terminology track begins.
People dancing in a club with a DJ playing.
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The structure of Music Moves is based on three “tracks”. We have just been through the first part of the theory track, and will here start the terminology track.

One could ask why it is important to be picky about terminology. Why cannot we just describe things the way we want? The problem, of course, is that if we want to discuss our research findings with others, we need to be precise in our descriptions. That is why we will spend some time on going through some key concepts together.

For example, what is the difference between “musical” and “music-related”. Or, what is the difference between “movement”, “action” and “gesture”? And, is there a difference between “motion” and “movement”? The next video will give you at least a few answers. And remember, you can always have a peek in the Music Moves Dictionary.

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