From Womb to Deathbed: Music is with Us

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Music in everyday life is a pleasure or a displeasure, a sadness or a happiness, a grievance or a rejoicement: basically a portrayal of emotions and thoughts put into sounds, or lack thereof, through notes and sometimes even text. Before I start, keep into consideration my definition of music: the compilation of sounds with or without text as a mean for expressing an idea or lack of an idea to another living being. Music is truly a remarkable art form that humans around the world partake in, but why then is the study of music so undermined in our Western Culture? Why is it that music as a profession is often thought of as a hobby and not a career? In my opinion it is much more than just the lack of understanding; it is the habituation of music. Every human from womb to tomb experiences music in many ways; in the 21st century, we have access to knowledge and resources including music. I call to action a bigger issue than just music but every art and profession alike. Our abundance of resources is starting to degrade the appreciation and learning of everything; if you don’t know what Au stands for just, Google it right? Who was the 16th president of the U.S.? Google knows. But how does this really affect music, one asks. To truly understand we have to go back in history.

Before the age of recorded audio there was no medium to obtain music besides seeing someone doing it or doing it yourself. This very obstacle was what forced individuals to learn about music. There was a
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