The appreciation of music
- Music can be listened to and appreciated by anyone.
- An understanding of the notation of music or any other
technicalities of how music is produced is not needed.
- People who admit that they are not at all "musical"
(whatever that means) can still find music relaxing,
exciting and enjoyable; they can dance to it, sing
along with it or just listen to it.
- The emotions generated in a "non-musical" person might
range from sadness to joy.
- Like reading a book, or studying almost any subject, there
are different levels of understanding and appreciation.
- A deep level of appreciation of music would be difficult
without an understanding of music, and this in turn is
very difficult without knowledge of the notation of music
and other underlying concepts including in the theory of
- It is this deeper level of appreciation which is more
likely to help to generate deeper emotions in a listener.
- These emotions can range through the whole range of human
emotions; that is what is so amazing about music.
- Of course, a lot of music includes words which will greatly
increase the amount of information passed to the non-expert
listener, and therefore greatly increase the possibility of
- Other factors can also affect this, for example, the performer,
the location of the performance, the concentration of the
listener, past experiences, and so on.
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