When we think of basic human functions, we often forget to include art and music.
arts need us as much as we need the arts - especially music.
From the beginning, we have an
innate desire to create.
It does not matter how big or small.
As we create, the interaction with
sound is unavoidable.
Most people find music significant in their lives, whether for enjoyment in
listening, the emotional response, performing, or creating.
Whether it is classical music,
contemporary concert music or today is various genres music has immense worth for our
However, there is a problem, very little is known or heard about classical and concert
music, therefore it is underappreciated.
It goes without saying that in our mainstream American culture, classical or concert
music is not a huge part of everyday life.
There are several reasons that can be said to
contribute to this.
A major factor could be some of our own government practices.
Over the last
two decades there has been less funding for various educational programs; including music.
(Education Funding, 2011)There has also been continued resistance to increasing the National
Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funding.
(Get Involved, 2009)
With decreased funding, the
visibility of the arts has diminished on the national level as well.
Another major reason is the
stereotypes surrounding classical and concert music.
One popular stereotype is that classical
music is for the rich, older, and the well educated.
Due to the stereotyping, many people feel
awkward about going to classical music events.
Too many people believe they need to act and
dress a certain way in order to enter the concert or recital hall.
While some of this is true, as
with any stereotype, it is not entirely true.
There are people who have tried to enjoy classical
and concert music, unfortunately, they decide that it is not "for them".
Other people simply pass
on this type of music because they believe it has no relevance or worth to their lives.
one of the worst contributors is the pretentiousness and elitism that some artists have been
known to exhibit.
This issue is not helped when this bad attitude is amplified by some movies,