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McKenney’s philosophy of music

From an interview with Thomas McKenney, Professor, Composition and Music Theory

“Music has to speak to the human spirit. That’s what it’s really all about,” McKenney states. The violin is a wooden box with metal strings, “yet, put in the hands of an artist, the most beautiful things in the world can come out of it.” Consider as well the human voice. “We could scream and say really nasty, horrible things to other human beings, or we could sing and make beautiful sounds,” McKenney explains. “That’s really what the human spirit is all about.”