How do we decide what makes music good – Is music in a concert hall better or more valuable than music in a bar, or a subway station? How do our surroundings impact the way that we hear music? This article explores that very question, and an experiment conducted (pun intended) by one of the top violinists of our generation.
You should begin reading the Elements portion that is due next week, but before we work our way through the book you will read an article and write a short response in order to start thinking about the contexts in which high or art music is or ought to be produced.
Read the article linked in this folder, and be sure you watch all of the accompanying videos.
Allow yourself some time to read through the article and consider the impact of the reactions recorded.
Then, write a two-page paper in reaction to this article. First, briefly describe the situation. Most of your paper should be focused on your reaction. Why do you think the various people acted as they did? What does that say about them? About Joshua Bell? About music? How would you have responded? Who had an appropriate reaction? How can we determine what that should be?
This paper should use MLA format. Use Times New Roman font, and standard margins. Your product should be at least two pages in length; make sure that there is at least one line of text on the third page. You should express yourself elegantly, and proofread to be sure that you have used complete sentences. How do we decide what makes music good – Is music in a concert hall better or more valuable than music in a bar, or a subway station?