Rant: Judging Music Tastes

Okay guys. I got a bone to pick. WHY DO PEOPLE JUDGE OTHERS’ MUSIC?

So a few weeks ago, my friends and I were sharing our Spotifys with each other (mine’s @sqq100). So my friends were both like “lol, so don’t judge what I listen to…” And I have issues with that.

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Photo Credits, editing mine, feat: PicMonkey

Music is a form of expression. People express themselves through what they listen to, and other people should not judge others based on how they express themselves.

Okay so ^ sounded EXTREMELY liberal. XD Obviously, there should be some restrictions in place.  I hope I’m not friends with someone who ‘expresses themself’ via drinking or whatever, but I do firmly believe that YOU listen to what makes YOU happy.

(Also, scientifically speaking, the chords and stuff in music may appeal strongly to someone’s brain and how it’s wired, and be completely repulsive to others’, similar to favorite colors and such.)

THE OTHER THING. People complain about language/content (violence etc) in music. Like they (they = some Christians) boycott everything with any trace of any language/content in their music, but then proceed to watch movies/read books with language/content in it? I’m all for filtering out content and only listening to “clean” stuff, but still, if you’re going to apply this logic to music, you might as well apply it to all media you’re going to interact with! If you’re only going to listen to Christian music, then also only watch Christian movies and read Christian books. LIKE WAT IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.

I’m a classical musician, so I listen to a lot of classical music. Does that equate to my opening up myself to criticism and judging from my peers who listen to “contemporary” music? UM I CERTAINLY DON’T THINK SO. In the same way, I don’t think that people who listen to “contemporary” music should be attacked by people who listen to more “conservative music.”

I also listen to a bunch of music that aren’t really classified as “Christian” music to listen to. I listen because of the chords, of the progressions, of the vocalizations. While okay, people might be displeased with why I listen to, it’s still not an option to judge me as a person based on what I listen to.

(Also, by jingo, I listen to Christmas music in September, and I hope to goodness that nobody ever judges me for that XD)

Another thing. The music pastor at our church said something recently that made a lot of sense. He played a Middle C, and asked whether that was a “Christian” note or not. Naturally, that’s not a thing. A C’s a C, and it cannot be classified as “Christian” or not. In the same way, music cannot be classified as “Christian” or “nonChristian”. SO STAHP TALKING ABOUT HOW YOU’RE ONLY GOING TO LISTEN TO CHRISTIAN MUSIC. Christian music uses the same chords as secular music, and while the words may be different, I don’t see it as an indicator as to how “spiritual” a person is.

One more thing. Music often correlates with memories, feelings, or emotions for people. It may be for sentimental reasons, or it may just be the music playing in the background when something happened. Whatever the case, it is important to THEM as part of who they are.

If you tell them that you don’t like that song, or don’t think they should be listening to that song, you may be disregarding what sentimental values that they have attached to that song, and that’s obviously important.

Music is a form of art, and not everyone likes the same art.

Am I saying that it’s wrong to share playlists, or to talk about why you don’t like music? Of course not! I’m just saying that it probably isn’t the best thing to judge someone based on their music tastes.

I’m sorry if I’ve offended anyone here…I’m an ESFP, and I’m terrible at communicating myself through words, unlike some of my beautiful ISFP/INTJ/whatever bloggy friends, who are able to write beautiful poetry and thoughts and everything. I hope, at least, that this makes some sense. XD


I realise that I probably have a different view of this topic than most other Christian people. What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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10 Things I’ve Learned From Teaching Piano

This last year, I started teaching piano to the kids of one of my mom’s friends. Although I’d thought I knew what it would be like, I didn’t guess at what I’d learn through teaching.
Teaching’s easy, right?
You sit there, they sit there, you point to the music, they play. Simple, right?
Well apparently not.
Here are 10 things that I’ve learned from teaching piano that I didn’t expect.

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  1. Even the basics are hard. Try to explain what a note is. Or a beat. Or the whole measure thing. Or time signatures. Or keys. Nothing’s simple.
  2. You can go fast, but then you’ll have to go slow. I started out my students fast, but at a point it started getting too hard, too fast, and I had to slow down.
  3. They will never know how much angst you put into teaching. When I first started teaching, I was perpetually overwhelmed by feeling like I was going to fail. Did I ever tell them? No. They’ll never know.
  4. Not practicing is the worst thing to do. Not only are you frustrated because you’re playing the same thing again, the teacher’s frustrated because she’ll feel like she failed.
  5. When the teacher gives you a choice as to which piece to learn, CHOOSE! As a student, I hate choosing when the teacher gives me a choice, but as a teacher, I want students to want to play music, and letting them choose is the best way to do it.
  6. Teaching is one of the most awesome things in life. What could possibly be better than transferring something you love with your whole person and allowing someone else to love it as well?
  7. You’re probably a better teacher than you think you are. While this probably isn’t true for everyone, I know at least for me, I could never have thought I had this level of teaching prowess.
  8. Different people learn different ways…and that’s okay. I’m teaching two kids whose learning styles are ultra different. They learn differently, so teach them at their own pace. Let them set the pace.
  9. Let them play what they want to play. They may not want to play a classical hymn with a teacher accompaniment. If there is any special request to play a piece, I’ll do my best to find that piece at their level so that they can play it.
  10. Never sit in a chair with wheels while teaching. It might get pulled out while you’re in the process of sitting down, causing you to sit down HARD on the floor and losing all your sense of dignity. Also all heck will break loose, and it’s not pretty. Particularly not in front of the parents.

And there you have it. 10 things about teaching piano that I have found out from teaching.

It’s not been all sunshine and rainbows so far, but I’m loving it, and I’m looking forward to more teaching!

Totally me (music version)

My friend, Elizabeth, posts “Totally Me” posts on her blog to describe herself and to allow her readers to know her better. I copied her idea…and so here we go!

Band:

I LOVE learning new instruments. So far, I have/can play piano, flute, violin, bassoon, and a few random other instruments, such as hand bells and recorder.

♫♪ Music ♪♫ is not what I do It’s who I am.

I just hit my 10th year doing music (well, technically, it’s 13, since my parents wanted to start music young…but I was SO shy that I refused to talk to the teacher…and do anything else in front of the teacher, so they decided to quit for a little while).

Teehee, teehee…

Music is a language. I think that special connections can be made between people when music is involved.

Always

For the first 3 years of my taking piano lessons, I never spoke a word to my teacher…except once, when I said “Thank you.” We still got along fine though, and I learned a lot…we communicated through music.

Yes, I like classical music (and opera). No, I am not "old.":

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. #quotes IMAGE BY: http://500px.com/photo/28910505

I'm using images like this as friendly piano practice reminders on my piano studio Facebook and Twitter.  See more at http://www.teachpianotoday.com/2013/06/13/6-clever-piano-practice-nudges-to-up-the-practice-hours-in-your-studio/

It’s true, I don’t watch TV at all.

technology rocks. seriously.: Sayings & Posters & Quotes OH MY! {Part 7}

Hehehe

This blog has GORGEOUS custom-made signs.  Above piano???

story of my life!!!!!!! especially piano. or drawing. or baking. or running. basically everything.:

Oh…you play the piece through twenty times, non-stop, no mistakes. Person walks in; you can hardly get through the FIRST line without messing up. And this, my readers, is why I fail auditions. Every. Single. Year.

Sight reading reality-  YASS so true!:

And sight reading could also be why I fail auditions, too.

Yes!! Sometimes it makes me think the conductor doesn't like the sound of clarinets...:P

Oh, the joys of band

funny marching band quotes - Google Search:

Going Beyond Music In Our Schools Month

I’m SO blessed to be able to learn to play music…and I’m appreciating it to death!

If I still had a piano in my house, this would be put on canvas and placed on the wall above it.

To learn music is to learn a whole new language, one universally known and understood.:

Music will never let you down:

Marching band isn't easy but its worth it

Music <3         http://pinterest.com/cameronpiano

Music:

Psalm 100:1-2

"Praise the Lord with trumpets, guitars, harps, tambourines, dancing, flutes and loud clanging cymbals!" From Psalm 150 ("Hallelujah" in Hebrew.)

Some flute quotes-

YASS!!! Do you know how to finger that?

Yup…and also, “Do you know how to finger that?”

Flautist....all the way:

It’s a flautist. NOT flutist. That’s wrong. (Even if spellcheck thinks it’s the other way around).

that is the first thing i thought when i saw this part:

Life is like a flute. It may have many holes and emptiness, but if you work on it carefully, it can play magical memories.

 

michellekoay:    “Life is like a flute. It may have many holes and emptiness but if you work on it carefully, it can play magical melodies.” - Unknown:

Love that quote!

Psalm 150:4

You’ve gotta have at least ONE about strings, right?

50 fun facts about THE SOUND OF MUSIC on the film's 50th anniversary! #pinoftheday:

I don’t know about y’all, but when I think of Sound of Music, I think of the Science Olympiad event it goes with music…so here are a few of my Sound of Music quotes!

Nice visual for "Do Re Mi" from The Sound of Music. I think sol is actually supposed to be so, but this is really cute :)

And, well, this fits into music pretty well, too…

Edelweiss- My edit!:

My edit!

And…

Last but not least-

Psalm 150:1-4, 6 Praise the Lord!  Praise God in His sanctuary;  Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts;Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord!

That’s it!

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