Music is a sharing experience
On The Nature of Artistic Communication
- When singing or playing together, musicians experience one of the most glorious manifestations of our cultural heritage – music. Assuredly, by recreating authentic musical works, musicians engage in a form of communication that transmits our cultural heritage onto succeeding generations. (With increased social distancing brought on by the infiltration of handheld devices, musical sharing is needed now more than ever!)
- When singing or playing together, musicians engage their musical intelligence. And what is musical intelligence? According to Harvard Professor Howard Gardner, musical intelligence is one of at least seven different intelligences common to all people. (Note: the idea of multiple human intelligences is also found in the writings of Philip Phenix and Arthur Foshay.)
- When singing or playing together, musicians bask in the joy and satisfaction unique to music making. For some students, music is the only avenue to success in formal education.
- When singing or playing together, musicians engage in divergent, imaginative thinking. Essentially, they unlock the expressiveness that is embedded in music notation – one of humanity’s most powerful and profound symbol systems.
- When signing or playing together, musicians experience the richness unique to musical sharing. Through their journey in sound, they grow one step closer to understanding the community of human experience. As a student musician so aptly stated: “In music class, we’re all sound bound!”
- John Blacking, How Musical Is Man? (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1973) p.10.
- Bennett Reimer and Jeffrey Wright, eds, On the Nature of Musical Experience (Niwot, CO: University of Colorado Press, 1992) p. 269.
- John Dewey, Art as Experience (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1980), p. 270.
- Nat Shapiro, ed, An Encyclopedia of Quotations About Music (New York: Da Capo Press, 1978) p. 239.
- Dewey, Art as Experience, p. 105.