Music has always been a part of our lives on this planet, it has played an important role in the development of our species. I touched on the way that music can have feelings attached to it in debate #1.
Today I am going to explore the universal language of music a little deeper…
In a radio interview, Peter Kivy, (Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University) was asked “to explain how the non-representational art of music, especially wordless music, can produce such passionate emotional responses in people.” He then stated that he “believes that it doesn’t! Or, at least, that the emotions evinced by music are not the garden variety emotions, but rather a specific love and enthusiasm for the music, an emotional response which does not really have a name. Kivy argues this point through the distinction of good and bad sad music, and how good sad music arouses a stronger feeling of sadness than bad sad music.”
This is an interesting concept, to say that, the music is not directly responsible for the emotional responses, but rather, the listener is responding to the music itself in the form of an emotion that seemingly is set aside exclusively for the love of music.
I don’t know that I agree with Peter, but it got me thinking… Does music play a more integral role in the human brain?
Musical training has long been an integral part of a well-rounded education at some of the best schools in the world. Einstein started learning to play the violin when his school thought he was too stupid to learn. He himself credits the violin as the reason for his genius.
Learning music and music theory helps to look at the world a different way. To truly understand music, is to understand the connection between the musician and the people listening.The true masters of music can weave a story of notes, strung together in such a way as to guide the emotions of the audience. It is not just the technique of these people who gives them the edge, it is the way they see the music.