Definition of Music
Greek philosophers and ancient Indians defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Common sayings such as "the harmony of the spheres" and "it is music to my ears" point to the notion that music is often ordered and pleasant to listen to, but the opinion of the listener does not necessarily help music theorists formulate a precise definition of music. Like the notion that visual arts must be beautiful to behold, the tacit notion that music need be pleasant to listen to has been questioned.
20th-century composer John Cage was explicit that any sound can be music, saying, for example, "There is no noise, only sound." According to musicologist Jean-Jacques Nattiez, "the border between music and noise is always culturally defined—which implies that, even within a single society, this border does not always pass through the same place; in short, there is rarely a consensus.… By all accounts there is no single and intercultural universal concept defining what music might be, except that it is 'sound through time'."
The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music vary according to culture and social context. Music ranges from strictly organized compositions (and their recreation in performance), through improvisational music to aleatoric forms. Music can be divided into genres and subgenres, although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, sometimes open to individual interpretation, and occasionally controversial. Within "the arts", music may be classified as a performing art, a fine art, and auditory art.
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Day / January 2
International Sing-Out Day / January 19
National Kazoo Day / January 28
The Day the music died: On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly died in a tragic plane crash along with other artists, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. It has since been referred to as the Day the Music Died.
Music in our schools month
International Guitar Month--April 1-30
National Guitar Week / week 2
International Tuba Day / May 7
"Stars and Stripes Forever" Day / May 14
Buy-a-Musical-Instrument Day / May 22
National Accordion Awareness Month / June 1-30
"Pop Goes the Weasel" Day / June 14
National Country Music Day / July 4
National Piano Month / September 1-30
One-Hit-Wonder Day / September 26
International Sing-out Day / September 15 (also Jan.19?)
International Drum Month / November 1-30
Saxophone Day / November 6
Ice Cream and Violins Day / December 13
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