by Derek Denholm
27. August 2013 17:28
What is music appreciation? Music appreciation involves an understanding of the elements of music, musical forms, musical styles, and time periods. It is the cultivation of an understanding and sensitive awareness towards music.
Even though music can be listened to and appreciated by anyone, there are different levels of understanding and appreciation for the craft, that lend to the overall experience. It has been noted in recent studies, that a deep level of appreciation for music itself, would be difficult, without an understanding of its origins. These notations and underlying concepts, including musical theory, often allow the listener to develop a deeper level of appreciation and emotion towards the art form.
For many, this sort of thinking and examination of the medium comes naturally and often organically, while some may seek out this development experience through certain music appreciation classes.
Music Appreciation Courses teach participants what to listen for and take note of while a particular genre of melody is present. A typical music appreciation class will consist of some classical history lessons to outline the different musical eras as well as overviews on musical theory, notation, development & analysis. Appreciation, in this context, means the understanding of the value and merit of different musical styles.
From a very young age, children can be taught to appreciate- and even create- music. This type of music appreciation begins naturally and at an early age in most cases, when even at a few months old, they will begin to sway side-to-side with their favourite songs when they see others do the same. Many believe, that music is a vital part of every child’s educational process, because it constitutes a universal language of the sense and emotions, which are fundamental to the overall human experience.
One of the best ways that you can broaden your child’s view and appreciation of music is to subject them to any type of live performance. Seeing an instrument while it is being played is very beneficial at helping them associate it with its sound, and they are apt to be better listeners if captivated by the live performance. This experience will most likely act as a gateway to your child’s musical process as they may become more open at identifying musical scenarios and listening to music as it appears in their everyday lives.