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kind of to tie together the cultural aspect and interdisciplinary study opportunities i guess - the study of music offers a neat environment and examples, maybe a lens to give context to other studies
Musical temperament is a classic mathematical product-of-primes problem, sounds (esp musical sounds as they have organization, so are easier to parse) can be a good and seductive way to give context to processes like Fourier analysis
politically we've got anthems, slave music - and bans and sanctions on various forms
culturally weve got everything from drinking songs to funeral dirges and dance music
what types of instruments were developed can be indicative of certain anthropological constraints...nomadic cultures are not going to develop large organs and such
well, assuming that there will always be a contingent of human population who are poverty-stricken:
Music fleshes out, gives depth and dimension and flexibility to the human character. Right now, with less music and art available, we are teaching kids that the purpose of being alive is to count money and shuffle papers. Under the pretext of "preparing youngsters for the unique demands of future society". No wonder we have a skyrocketing teenage suicide rate. I can't think of a human fate more dull, producing a more boring human.... I've known me some real dull Texas, New York, South African and California millionaires, I'm tellin' ya...
I suspect that the quality of pop music will improve as we have generations of kids who've studied music. Listen to a 1940's Big Band arrangement.... listen to how musically complex is the horn arrangement......then consider that this was the pop music American teens were listening to at the time...
There is this.....free-floating feeling or assumption.... that somehow Tonality (Western harmony and Melody) is dead, that its possibilities have somehow become exhausted. Or that the pace of life has become too fast for it. I just don't believe it, and don't want today's pop music to move into just jungly drumbeats with little real melody or harmony attached.
Every paint-stroke takes you farther and farther away from your initial concept. And you have to be thankful for that. Wayne Thiebaud
I had a 14 years experience in music profession in classical Music as well as 4 years in western music,I had taken a lead in this field and became a tuter,believe me friends this profession is really hapenning,Music is a bridze between two hearts it is the link between two strangers.So go ahead and spread the knowlwdge of music and teach love.