Festival of Faith & Music

FFM 2009

Calvin College

CALVIN - Minds in the Making

/ Conference

Workshop #4 / Sat, 11.30am

Music & Meaning: What the ?@&%! Does Music Mean?
Robert Nordling & Benita Wolters-Fredlund

We are saturated with music, and not only from what we intentionally listen to. Advertisements, sound tracks, commercials, car radio, our iPods set on shuffle as we work out…all these sources of music feed (force feed?) us an almost constant stream of music. But just what is music telling us? Lyrics and text aside, what is going into our ears, as we listen either actively or passively to music? Two Calvin music professors consider several points of view around the issue of music and meaning, including whether music is language; how music communicates meaning and mediates communication; and how we might take responsibility for how we listen. The presentation includes examples of music, both recorded and played live.


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