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Music’s Impact On Our Everyday Lives

Music plays a significant role in everyday life.  Some of us listen to the radio in our car on our way to work. Some of us have jobs where music is played lightly in the background throughout the day. Some of us like to sit down and watch tv at the end of a long night, where music is a huge part of adding to the emotion on the screen.

Music is also incorporated into special events we attend on a regular basis: think about singing “Happy Birthday” at a friend’s birthday party, dancing along to music at a family wedding reception, or going to a sporting event and hearing music at the halftime show.  Just for a moment, think about all of the times you will be around music in a day.  How does hearing music affect you, and specifically the way you feel?

Have you ever watched a scary movie with the sound off?  If you try it, you will quickly realize just how much music adds to the anticipation of what is about to happen.  Composers choose specific notes, rhythms, dynamics to create an unpleasant feeling in the viewer to make what is about to happen on screen all the more terrifying.

Have you ever turned on the radio and heard the first new notes of one of your favorite songs, and felt how quickly it puts you in a specific mood?  If it has a faster, dance-like tempo, all of a sudden you feel like you want to dance. If it has a slower, melancholy sound, you feel like you just want to cry.

In all of its forms, music has an incredible power to move us.  As musicians that means we have the responsibility to perform our music in an honest way that evokes the intended emotion in our audience.  If we play or sing our music with the appropriate articulations, dynamics, phrasing, etc., we can create responses in our listeners that is truly amazing.

Music is a gift, that is and always will be, an important part of all of our lives.

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