I’ve been thinking a lot about how people engage and interact with music.
I think about this as an educator but also as a general line of inquiry.
People perform music vocally and/or instrumentally, yes. That is a given.
Most people listen to music, actively or not. This is also a given.
I can’t help but think that people in general only see these two, listening and performing, as the main, or the only, or even the best way of interacting with music. I am speaking from a Western perspective here.
Or perhaps I am speaking as a music major here… one who observes a lot of Westerners.
The next method on the list of musical interaction is probably dance.
Composing, arranging, conducting, DJing, mixing, teaching, writing, therapy…ing?
‘Therapying’ isn’t a word. Healing? I was trying to go for a list of ways with “ing.”
The point is that there are so many ways to interact with music, or even art as a whole.
Why am I talking about this? Let me tell you a few short stories.