Equality for Music

People view athletes as hardworking and respectable. Schools put in money to have the best fields, tracks and sports equipment. But, often art departments such as music are underfunded.  It is interesting in todays culture students are often more pushed into sports than music. Having had personal experience with this, and knowing very many other who have, it is a difficult situation. Many people tend to view practicing for hours on sport as more demanding than those practicing for hours playing an instrument. But both require constant work and training.  If someone is athletic, you can see it just by looking at them. You see their muscles, they look energetic and no effort needs to be put into actually watching them play to understand their skill level. But a musician does not often bear a distinct physical appearance. To get recognized for their talent you have to hear them, not just look. Music is also just as much about being a team player. Everyone has to take their time to learn their parts, listen to the people around to find the right balance for volume, bettering themselves personally to improve the band as a whole. Both sports and music have their own benefit to students. One should not be pressured into choosing one or another, society should have an equal acceptance and respect of both.

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Equality for Music”

  1. As far as popularity is concerned with both athletes and musicians, I think it’s fair to say that the organized structure of professional sports allow fans to develop networks of team-loving communities that have a serious impact on strengthening fan culture. Of course, we see similar communities form around musicians, but the competitive aspect of fandom isn’t represented in the same magnitude as it is with professional organized sports.

    Also, sport franchises have rich histories and long-standing traditions into which new fans are constantly being welcomed. If someone grows up in the Boston area, it is likely that they will feel a certain connected with the Red Sox/Patriots/Celtics fan communities, but it is a lot less likely that they will feel the same affinity towards musicians/bands from Boston (like Boston 🙂 ).

    Both music and sports take a ton of practice and skill. I have been a performing musician for a few years now, I understand that hard work and countless hours will help me developed into a better musician. However, if I really try to become a professional musician, I really can’t expect the same recognition a community of fans as let’s say, Tom Brady, or any current Celtic. There are only very few musicians in the world that have that same level of recognition.

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  2. In today’s culture, it is interesting to observe how specific activities are valued. In American culture there are clear perceptions about what it means to be an elite athlete vs. the perceptions associated with skilled musicians. The generally accepted stereotypes behind athletes are that they are the “popular jocks,” and more concerned about their social position rather than their academics. On the other hand, musicians tend to be classified on opposite end of the spectrum as “band geeks,” and people who tend to excel in the classroom. However, from my personal experience as a member of both athletic teams and school music ensemble, I have found a striking amount of similarities between the two. Like you mentioned, both sports and music require excessive amounts of practice as well as working in a team environment in order to be successful. Furthermore, both sports and music provide a temporary break from whatever is going on in our lives, and allows us to focus on either the beauty of music or the competitiveness of a sporting event. If sports and music are so similar, why do we view them on opposite ends of society? To be honest, I think that the stereotypes associated with athletes and musicians are slowly tapering away. Initially as a member of my high school band, I would walk through the hallways as fast as I could while holding my saxophone because I was afraid of what others would perceive. However, as I matured I realized that there was nothing nerdy about being part of the ensemble, and that in many ways it taught me similar lessons to what sports taught me. In addition, the idea of the “student athlete” reveals how academic standards are expected amongst athletes, and further eliminates the perceptions about athletes.

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