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Music is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike; "art of the Muses").

The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music vary according to culture and social context. Music ranges from strictly organized compositions (and their recreation in performance), through improvisational music to aleatoric forms. Music can be divided into genres and subgenres, although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, sometimes open to individual interpretation, and occasionally controversial. Within "the arts," music may be classified as a performing art, a fine art, and auditory art. There is also a strong connection between music and mathematics.

To many people in many cultures, music is an important part of their way of life. Greek philosophers and ancient Indian philosophers defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Common sayings such as "the harmony of the spheres" and "it is music to my ears" point to the notion that music is often ordered and pleasant to listen to. However, 20th-century composer John Cage thought that any sound can be music, saying, for example, "There is no noise, only sound." Musicologist Jean-Jacques Nattiez summarizes the relativist, post-modern viewpoint: "The border between music and noise is always culturally defined—which implies that, even within a single society, this border does not always pass through the same place; in short, there is rarely a consensus ... By all accounts there is no single and intercultural universal concept defining what music might be."

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Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship

National Research Council

$24,000 January 08, 2019 See Details

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship

National Research Council

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$24,000

deadline

January 08, 2019
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Dr. Gary M. Moore Great Plan Scholarship

Oklahoma City Community Foundation

$20,000 February 01, 2019 See Details

Dr. Gary M. Moore Great Plan Scholarship

Oklahoma City Community Foundation

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$20,000

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February 01, 2019
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$10,000 March 01, 2019 See Details

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The Gallery Collection

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$10,000

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Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

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Up to $10,000 March 09, 2019 See Details

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

From the Top

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Up to $10,000

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March 09, 2019
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Green Voice Design Competition

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$7,500 January 03, 2019 See Details

Green Voice Design Competition

NEWH, Inc.

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$7,500

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January 03, 2019
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Einar and Eva Lund Haugen Memorial Scholarship

Norwegian-American Historical Society

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$6,000

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December 01, 2018
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Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship

National Cartoonists Society Foundation

$5,000 December 15, 2018 See Details

Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship

National Cartoonists Society Foundation

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$5,000

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December 15, 2018
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Herbert Bird String Scholarship

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Herbert Bird String Scholarship

Central Washington University

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$3,909

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February 01, 2019
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John W. Laidlaw Scholarship

University of South Alabama

Up to $3,500 December 01, 2018 See Details

John W. Laidlaw Scholarship

University of South Alabama

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Up to $3,500

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December 01, 2018
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James Alan Cox Foundation Scholarship

The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists

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James Alan Cox Foundation Scholarship

The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists

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$2,500

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