Skip main navigation

Introduction to motion, action and gesture

Introduction to this week's terminology track, focussing on actions which do not produce sound directly.
Close up of a blue drum against a blurred white background.
© University of Oslo

This week’s terminology track focuses on actions that do not produce sound directly.

One example are sound-modifying actions, for example the feet of a pianist as she pushes the pedals on the piano. Another is the sound-accompanying movements one may find when moving to sound.

We may also talk about various types of communicative movements, such as between musicians, between a conductor and the musicians, or between musicians and audience members.

Finally, we may talk about gestures, movements or actions that are used to express some kind of meaning. More on all of this in the next video.

© University of Oslo
This article is from the free online

Music Moves: Why Does Music Make You Move?

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education