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Music is a Social Experience

As a study, I find music fascinating.  And not just intriguing chord progression kind of study.  Like, music as a whole.  It has such a unique and subtle power over humans.

Have you ever thought about this?

To start, everyone has an opinion about music.  They like it or they don't, though most people do.  But everyone's taste in music is completely unique.  I can't think of a single other art medium that has this kind of following.

Not only is music an integral part of nearly all society but it also has the power to evoke emotions and change social norms.  Bounce up and down for no reason and people will give you strange looks.  Bounce up and down while some music is being played and suddenly it's okay.  People might even join you depending on the environment.

Which really leads to the best part of music: it's social.  It brings people -- sometimes even random strangers -- together.

When it comes to teaching a young student, the social aspect of music is frequently the most neglected but is really THE most important part of their education.  Being able to share your music with others and bond with other musicians through playing is what keeps a musician motivated.  More importantly, it helps music become its own reward.  The countless hours of drilling finally pay off the very second a child realizes he actually had fun playing his instrument with his friends.


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