Why All Musicians Should Be Forced To Appreciate Basic Music History

So, I finally showed my wife how to download stuff on iTunes and she was digging in on a little Cold Play—it refreshed my agitation about a law suit they fought last year (and that they foolishly settled)…now the vein in my head is going a mile a minute. Essentially, I forget what idiot pop star was suing them over the melody for Viva La Vida (OK, I didn’t forget, I just don’t want to get the idiot’s name on any more we pages), but the construction of the melody was at issue.

Now, after listening to the two songs, the construction of the melody is similar. However, you could dial your listening all the way back to the baroque era, focus in on the basic ornamentation of a series of descending whole tones and hear THE_EXACT_SAME_MELODIC_CONSTRUCTION! What’s my point, you ask? Simple. By requiring every professional musician, regardless of their chosen genre, to have a basic understanding of music history, we’d be able to avert any of them acting like an ass by thinking they’d invented western tonal harmony!


About Art

I've been a higher education professional for over 15 years and an Academic Advising administrator for the past eight of those. I have a background in exploratory student advising and have spent a great deal of time guiding students through contemplating their personal college-to-career pathways. I've published, presented, and consulted on the intersection of social media and academia and am a firm believer in social media's power as a tool for engagement rather than solely information delivery. I've worked at public and private institutions as well as 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. I believe in Academic Advising as a teaching and learning activity, that learner-centered education is the key to students' academic success, and that as long as we keep students' individual goals and success at the center of our decision-making process, the problem of college-level student attrition can be solved.
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