MUSIC: CHARACTER INFLUENCING?

http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/art/music-and-morality.html

This is a long, information packed link, so let’s just talk about the beginning.

The point of this link is that music has a great influence on us. Things are easier to remember and know if they are set to a tune, for example, the alphabet. Plato states in The Republic that music and formation of character are very much connected. But perhaps instead of using music to channel to the “good, noble, and just” we form “passionate attachments to [our] own needs, wants, and feelings.”

I ultimately agree with the beginning of this article. I think that music does have a big influence on our feeling, especially. But that does not mean we should oversell it. Just because a kid listens to rock music does not mean he or she is selfish. Music is a very personal thing, so it makes sense that when we listen to it, we draw into ourselves. But then again, some music we have is good party music, and therefore brings people together. There are different types of music with different effects, which is the cool thing about it.

So the questions is: Does music actually have a profound influence on character?

My answer would be “yeah, sure.” Music affects us, of course, but it does not completely steer our character. It is important to acknowledge that many people listen to music for entertainment purposes. And I fully support that! God gave us this amazing gift so that we may enjoy it, whether it’s dancing with your friends or feeling peaceful in your room.

Music is important, yes, and should be treated with care, yes, but there are many different acceptable types of music with different purposes. But I would say it more makes us feel rather than makes us who we are.

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