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Music 1 The Importance of Music COM – 159, Basic Presentation Skills Tammie Hertel, Instructor Sylvia DeSormeau April 14, 2011
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Music 2 When we think of basic human functions, we often forget to include art and music. The 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 society. 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. Perhaps 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,
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Music 3 television shows, commercials, plays, books, and even by influential people. All of these factors continue to create distance between the music and mainstream society. The arts and music are generally thought of frivolous and non-essential to the function of our society and culture; however, we are starting to see classical and concert music slowly slips back into view. Our children are watching computer-animated movies that have their background filled with classical and concert pieces of music. There are some popular shows like “So You Think You Can Dance,” or “Dancing with the Stars” that references living composers such as Steve Reich. The shows often have guests appear from the jazz and classical world such as Wynton Marsalis and Alex Ross.
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