Linda Marie Zaerr

Making Medieval Music

Create music the medieval way, using a system Guido developed in the eleventh century to make music fun and easy. This presentation begins with a performance of several medieval songs accompanied by the vielle, a medieval bowed stringed instrument. This is followed by a brief introduction to the Music of the Spheres, explaining why we have the notes we do. Then participants are guided through Guido’s process. Guido’s motto is “Anything that can be spoken can be sung.” Using the monochord, an instrument with one string, members of the audience set any words they choose to music.