I love the interaction I have on the internet. But, it is becoming more apparent that the people who study music (musicians) are not creating music on really important sites. One of my biggest “pet peeves” is a non-musician (a person who just uses technology to compose) is creating music or worse yet, teaching composition. It is so simple to throw loops together and call it music. This is music, but a trained ear can immediately hear problems. I teach students how to use loops and compose a meaningful composition. When my students hear some of these songs on these sites, they laugh!
Anyone that knows me, I am extremely positive person, but now I have a mission. To weed out these sites and replace them with musicians or someone with a music background. As music teachers, we strive to be taken seriously, but we don’t stand up and say, “Let me be in charge of this!”
I recently received an email from a music teacher distressed about having to teach “writing across the curriculum.” My heart when out to her. “Music across the curriculum” is going to be much more important than “writing across the curriculum;” Students are going to have to create music, with movies and pictures. Presentation of one’s self (performance) is taking over written resumes. So, “music across the curriculum” is already here. Music has four dimensions: length, width, height, and time. Some even push it further to the fifth dimension of feeling. No movie, dance, even the news, can be without music.
As musicians, we have worked hard to understand how music works. It has rules and forms that we all understand. Specific keys connect with specific moods, just like specific chords. Music theory is just that, the study of how music works. We need to get more on these sites and be a voice within the techie world.
Finally, those techie people who really want to use music in a meaningful way should take some music theory classes. They are offered at so many schools, you would amaze yourself as to how easy it is to understand how music really works.
Well, I tried to be positive and upbeat, I hope I haven’t gotten any techies mad at me concerning this problem within the techie world.
In the words of August Rush “Music is all around, all you have to do is listen.” Musicians: let’s listen, help, and teach.