First some background:
Why does music play this special role in our society and education system?
One of my problems with music is how it used by religion. When Dawkins or Hitchens makes the case for non-belief, they don’t need to use music to set the mood for someone to accept their arguments. When Christians make an alter call, they need the pipe organs or whatever music to set the mood. I don’t think you can have religion without music. Christians need to music to keep them in their delusional state of mind.
It also annoys me how public schools create music and drama junkies. In my high school, they let 14 year olds decides what they wanted to take. So in a small school we had 4 years of choir, band and drama. We had no physics or advanced math and one year of chemistry. The band students got their instruments for free, the shop students had to pay for their stuff. Now, people wonder why the industrial heartland of America is an economic basket case.
I enjoy eating cheesecake, I enjoy music, I also enjoy silence sometimes. There are million other things to enjoy and pursue. Why don’t we have 4 years of karate, surfing, pot smoking or playing poker in public schools as an option? These people that think we need tons of music education for everyone are just like the potheads. I say go ahead and enjoy your drugged out delusional state, just don’t expect me to pay for it.
I know people claim it helps with learning, where there is scientific evidence to support this, OK use it. Other drugs can help with learning too, but there needs to be science to back it up before they are administered. Then there are the people that think everyone enjoys their music, so it must be cranked up loud.
I think the time has come to stop treating music as something special, spiritual thing or ‘the food of love’. It’s auditory cheesecake. A tool to keep people in delusional states of mind. It’s a way to use sound to stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain. If you just want you pleasure centers stimulated all the time, hook up electrodes to your nucleus accumbens.
“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.” Seneca