Music has been prevalent throughout human history, with archaeologists even discovering some basic wind-powered instruments from as long as . Through the centuries, instruments have come and gone and some have evolved to become the popular instruments prevalent in music today.
Every field has their purists and die-hard classicists and that likely won’t be changing any time soon. That being said, music evolves and our music lessons need to as well, in order to stay current with younger generations. Here we break down various ways you can add some flair to your modern music lessons.
Break Your Definition of an “Instrument”
Many purists believe that various forms of electronic music don’t qualify as music and many like to discount the talent it takes to produce high quality electronic music. What they are forgetting though is that musical instruments originated as very simple forms of music; methods even as simple as banging a stick on a rock to create rhythm. Through many centuries, they finally evolved into the classical and contemporary instruments prevalent in music today.
Music, just like other aspects of society, will constantly evolve. This allows humans to be creative in their pursuits of building new sounds. This is something we should encourage in modern music lessons, allowing students to be inspired to create novel sounds and even . No matter how the music is made, if there is thought, intent, a solid foundation of musical knowledge, and it’s enjoyable to listen to, then that should be celebrated.
The . In 2014, in America were electronic music related. It’s become clear that electronic music isn’t a fad; it’s a legitimate form of music. Of course, being able to supply your students with the ability to produce music on computers isn’t going to be the right choice for many but, if your school or local library has access to computer labs with software such as , , , and more approachable applications such as , music teachers should certainly consider it. For those who might still believe that this style of music doesn’t take skill or talent, take a look at French electronic artist Madeon perform live. He made that video when he was only 17-years-old.
The Modern Renaissance Man
One cool performance art we’ve seen lately in music is what we call the modern renaissance man — a one man band utilizing a looper to record a sound live, with the performer building on these loops to create complicated layers of music. This produces a cool effect for the audience, as they see how the different components contribute to the overall sound of the song, while being able to focus exclusively on each individual element. Check out this , as an example.
Whether you’re teaching modern music production or modern musical performance, there are many opportunities to explore. With the rate of growth of modern music, you can be sure there will be many new opportunities to add things to your modern music lessons.
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