It’s interesting to read history, it teaches us so much about who we are and where we are going, but possibly the history of music might be defined as attractive. Music is actually part of our everyday life, it’s an amazing universe of sounds that belong to different genres and styles.
Music is also that special form of art which allows everyone to express their own feelings and thoughts freely. You too can become the next musician if you match technical knowledge to your own poetic soul.
Pop Music Throughout The 20th Century
The 20th century has been one of the most important periods for music. In fact, before the beginning of that century, music was mainly produced by a small elite group of musicians who had the good luck to study and learn music from their very early childhood (think for example of music masters like Paganini, Mozart or Bach).
There was no means to record their pieces. In addition, music was primarily played in theaters or in important Christian churches. Now, back to present day: during the 20th century, the first means to record music appeared and more people could access music. If once music was spread only orally, then it was recorded and spread through modern technologies – that meant that music became more widespread.
In fact, when music was played and taught orally it was hard to overcome geographical limits: both teachers and learners were located in the same area.
Pop Music: The “Youth Culture”
The advent of new technologies in the musical sphere brought a big change. As said above, music composers could record their pieces. Moreover, music became a popular art.
One important consequence of this change is that music came to belong to “everyday people”, who gave music their own styles and messages. The 20th century is actually the span of time when new genres rose in the music panorama, like pop music. Let’s see here the main phases of the history of pop music:
- Pop music, initially called “popular music” was the first and most important music genre to come to life. It came from the people, it talked about their life, their goals, their frustrations and everything that could be related to lifestyle. During the 1920s, pop music was still a little enclosed in expensive clubs. However, over time pop music broke all the walls and became the music of everyone.
- It’s only with the advent of the radio that more musicians wanted to access the growing pool of pop music. In the US the years between 1930 and 1955 represent the real golden age in the development of pop music. The number of talented singers rose up like never before, while the sound of pop music developed into new styles.
- Another big change in the development of pop music happened as TV was invented. TV represented the most powerful means of communication. Although only a few people could afford a TV at home during the 1960s, pop music was able to have a massive diffusion, especially among young people. It’s in the 1960s that pop music became the music genre of all teens and young adults: the sound of pop music by that time was nice, funny, pleasant to listen to at any time – which facilitated the diffusion and appreciation of this music genre among people who didn’t have a specific educational background in music.
Role Of Pop Music Today
Now, let’s have a look at what pop music sounds like today – without a doubt, pop music represents a well-known music genre, because its sound is practically perfect for most everyday life situations (for instance, while waiting at the doctor, when traveling by train, while walking the dog, etc….).
Many people love to listen to pop music even in the workplace: from shop assistants or even to employees in offices.
For people who work night shifts, such as security guards, locksmith te or nurses, listening to music is a very helpful to help them stay awake and focused during the night.
For people who work night shifts, such as security guards, locksmith technicians or nurses, listening to music is very helpful to help them stay awake and focused during the night. In fact, music can improve mental focus skills and work performance.