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Is Music an Art?

Seth Taube
On 02 August 2022

Some people question the existence of art and music as separate entities. They point out that art and music are both expressive forms of communication. Some believe music is a particular form of communication that evokes emotion. However, others do not agree. In this article, we will examine the relationship between music and art.

Musical theory

Most people interested in pursuing a career in musical theory will eventually become professors or instructors. Such positions are highly competitive and require PhDs or equivalent degrees. In addition, candidates must have a record of peer-reviewed journal publications. Despite the difficulty of securing tenure-track academic positions, there are many rewarding career paths for those interested in a career in music theory.

Although music theory is an art, music has existed for thousands of years before the creation of theory. Despite this, it is not necessary to learn the theory if you are a talented, intuitive musician. However, learning the fundamentals can help you master new techniques, perform unfamiliar styles, and develop confidence in your abilities. Moreover, acquiring basic music theory will help you improve your musical skills.

In musical theory, several approaches have evolved over the years. Some have emphasized that there is no “one right answer” to what makes music valuable. Some argue that the value of music lies in its abstractness. Others believe that music is a product of human action, which is the essence of art.

Theorists’ theories of music’s emotional value

There are various theories about the emotional value of music. Some claim that the emotional value of music is based on the emotional experience it provokes. Others deny this notion. This book will explore the main theories that have been proposed to explain the emotional value of music. It will also explain why music affects people in such a profound way.

Most theorists agree that music is an auditory phenomenon and that it is through hearing that we develop a deeper understanding of it. However, their theories diverge because they tend to divide thought from feeling. Some theorists, such as Henri Bergson, suggest learning how to react to musical stimuli through experience.

Another theory of music’s emotional value involves the idea that each musical piece has an affective quality. This affective quality is attributed to the composer’s or performer’s character. In other words, a piece of music can evoke pain or make us feel joyful.

Theorists’ theories of music’s resemblance to other art forms

Theorists have proposed different theories to explain the similarities between music and other art forms. One theory is called the resemblance theory. The central idea behind this theory is that the dynamic character of music is similar to that of emotional states experienced by individuals. Several aspects of the theory appeal to people.

According to the similarity theory, music has similarities with other art forms in terms of the way they convey emotions. For example, dark colors convey sadness, while bright colors convey happiness. The theory also explains why music and other art forms share anthropomorphic expressive qualities. One example of a resemblance between art and music is that Aborigines ran away from Handel’s Messiah because they couldn’t understand it. Nevertheless, the music would have struck other members of the same culture and audience, regardless of their level of understanding.

Human culture has long acknowledged music’s resemblance to other art forms. Although Democritus was the first to deny the need for music, the view that music is simply a form of grace remains dominant today. However, a growing psychological understanding of the play has started to change this view.