Music : Music And Music

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The definition of music is very different to many people. Some say that music is the arrangement of sound and silence. Others like myself say music is that and much more. Music is an aural form of art that is used to express emotion and touch the hearts of the listener through the use of phrasing, dynamics, style and tone color. Music is a very universal art form. There are not many people in this world who do not listen to at least some form of music weather it be pop or rock music on the radio, or the classical music of Beethoven or Mozart. Each genre and style is very unique in it’s own way and some styles are more appealing to one person than another. That is why it is very important to expand the types of music taught in educational music programs. There are quite a few different types of music that fit into the instrumental category. We have Jazz, avant grade music, ethnic music, and “art music”. Jazz and art music are the two most commonly taught forms of music in public schools today. Although these are two very important forms of music, I feel as though schools should be able to expand the genres. Not only will this widen student’s scopes to learning new styles and performance techniques, this will also peak the interest of students who previously felt ‘bored’ with the music being taught. Avant grade music is typically a newer style of music, it often branches away from traditional methods and forms of writing music. This can pose a new challenge for students,

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