Music Affects Culture
At the Maestro Musicians Academy, we are huge proponents of the belief that because music is so powerful, it affects our culture. We believe that the music our children listen to and are exposed to has a direct impact on their environment. Why is this so? Every piece of music has messages embedded inside it. Whether it's a song with a story, an instrumental piece that sets a mood, or even background "elevator music", young brains and even not-so-young brains are subtly influenced through their ears on a daily basis.
As a result, we believe that it is our mission to promulgate music that inspires, educates, and transmits beauty to the next generation. Since the early 1900's, when the phonograph was in its infancy, we have been blessed with the ability to play forward our values, traditions, and impressions of our society through sound at a level never previously imagined. Gone were the days when traveling musicians and oral traditions of song were the only sources of spreading musical messages.
We see technology as a conduit for bridging the generational gap, which is unfortunately so pronounced today, for many children do not know or understand where they came from. Furthermore, we live in times where so many wish to overturn the traditions of the past. Rather than being revolutionary, we believe that society should be evolutionary. Teaching the music of the past gives the next generation the tools to express their future in a way that is built upon substance, for we must remember that "there is nothing new under the sun", despite the fact that the environment around us may change.
How does this translate into our day to day lives? Rather than relying on so many negative messages, vulgarities, and discords in popular musical culture today, we aim to draw upon the great composers, songwriters, and performers of the past to influence the future. We aim to teach the principles of beauty through music that is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally moving. When you have an imbalance of music that is too emotional or too cerebral and not the other, the music gets lost on the average person, or worse, music that is too primal brings out the worst animalistic parts of our psyche. Music that lacks emotion and focuses too much on the intellect has no real purpose for the listening populace, other than the fact that a few professors in ivory towers might say "How Interesting!".
I believe that we humans have a natural need to connect with others in a spiritual way, which can be accomplished through beautiful music.
It is not a coincidence that the psalms of King David have lasted to this day, despite the fact that we have generally lost the original melodies. The words are musical, in themselves, and the meaning behind the text must have been so amazing to listen to when set to the original music.
We hope that you will join us on our mission of playing forward the tradition of beautiful music to the next generation. It is too precious to give up.
If you wish to learn more about our values, please see our Youtube videos below:
Daniel Broniatowski, D.M.A.
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