CPE /ECPE Essay : The merits of listening to music"

It is an undeniable fact that music features in all our lives. Simultaneously, it is widely believed that many members of our society undervalue professional musicians and, by extension, the teaching of it. In this essay, i will attempt to cover both aspects, as well as outlining some of the merits of playing and listening to music.

   What is the role of music nowadays? The reality is that music is more available to us than ever before. It is likely for us to listen to music on an MP4 ,a mobile, even to download music from the internet.
  Furthermore, it is usually the case that you can find live music in small local venues, such as parties, social gatherings, open fairs, even bazaars for CD sales. Bands are hired for parties, who may never seem to record a CD or , if they still do, they will earn  substantially minimal earnings.

    Professional musicians are seen as highly -skilled individuals ,yet their income doesn't reflect their artistic talent. In contrast to his statement, it should be added that world famous performers - from Madonna to Dalla -make high profits, for their music is commercialised.
    From the classical performer's point of view, however, it is hard enough to find orchestral positions , nowadays, which must be disheartening after so many years of study and hard work put into it.

    On the question of teaching music in school, not enough is done. Music is viewed as a less significant part of the mainstream school curriculum than mathematics or literature. Meanwhile, children who learn music at a young age benefit academically. This is not to say that everyone should be able to read music, as it not deemed a fundamental skill in mainstream education.

    Having said that, it is true that music offers many benefits. Anyone playing music, has a ready -made social life with glory ,worldwide recognition, fame and popularity amongst society. Most amateur musicians find making music very creative. Considering the advantages of listening to music, it is clear that it is both relaxing and enjoyable. What is better than putting on a CD at home or dancing the night away to live music?

  It is foregone conclusion that government  legislation should change. If more resources were made available to schools and brightly gifted musicians were given  funding, society would benefit enormously.


Carpel, A & Sharp, 2002  W.: "OBJECTIVE Proficiency" Cambridge University Press 2002

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