Musical Taste: Where does it come from?

How does musical taste develop?  I’m sure that volumes and volumes have been written on this subject and I’d love to read them, but for now I will just expound on my own theory.

We know that different cultures around the globe (and probably around the universe!) have evolved different types of music and different instruments, dances, and art forms of different kinds.  It probably is safe to say that most people tend to like or appreciate the type of music that they heard growing up.

In my case, I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s in South Carolina, hearing the popular music of that day (Perry Como, Doris Day, Elvis, the Beatles, etc.) and I also heard a lot of church music in the United Methodist Church.  I still love all of that music.  But when I was 13/14 I was introduced in a big way to classical music.  For the first time, I got a wonderful piano teacher who not only taught me the classics but also encouraged me to go to hear our local symphony orchestra (the Greenville Symphony) and Opera.  I will never forget seeing my first opera ( Gounod’s “Faust”) for the first time at Furman University and just loving it!!

Starting around age 15, I would get up an hour earlier than the rest of the family and either practice the piano (my siblings did not appreciate that!) or play the classical records that I checked out of the library or got as presents.  Even though most of the people in my family did not love classical music ( they liked it, but were more into sports) I was in love with classical music from the beginning.

About 20 years ago, I make a conscious effort to begin broadening my horizons and listening to every type of music I could get my hands on!  I listened to hip-hop, rap, reggae and all kinds of music that was new to me.  Since I’m in the music healing/music medicine field, I believe that I can help more people if I know and appreciate more types of music.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.  What type of music did you grow up with and what do you listen to now?

One Response to Musical Taste: Where does it come from?

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    Meade June 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    I love Country Music. Patsy Cline is the best. I think Country is far better than Classical. Its the only genre of music based on literal meaning.

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