No they haven't. They have been replaced with coding, computer engineering, and hard sciences, by people who continuously devalue humanities courses because their view of higher education is as job training.Universities used to require students take humanities courses - to introduce students to the great works of art and music to students. Those days are long gone. All replaced with music appreciation for ABBA, Michael Jackson, Radiohead...
And you haven't looked at the job market, or what college advisors are telling students. The focus is on job training. Any time public universities come in for funding cuts, the emphasis is on "workforce", as if the purpose of higher learning is to improve our workforce, and not educate.To be blunt, that means you haven't looked at university course offerings in music.
A friend of mine knows no classical music- they're an amateur electronics musician and jazz clarinetist- but they knew, and absolutely loved Gesualdo. you'd be shocked at how diverse the tastes of young people are - I actually think the stuffy image of it being "Vivaldi - The Four Seasons" all the time is more offputting than Webern, or whatever.I actually think that some people should be exposed to contemporary avant-gardism and the 20th century modernists more. I am pretty sure that there are people who'd be hooked by atonal music but not by Mozart or Bach. No one likes all rock bands or pop artists, but they've all heard more than one or two before making up their mind about the whole genre.
That's why I think that lack of exposure is a problem.
It's how the radio worked for decades, after all. I have trouble with curated playlists like that because I never know if they're actually going to play interesting, under-recorded pieces, or if it's just going to be a bunch of Vivaldi, Mozart, and Beethoven.Incidentally, I started listening to classical music pretty much like this. I had a particularly hard time concentrating in a library one evening and thought that music might help. Because I cannot listen to vocal music when I'm trying to study, I thought I might as well put on some classical music (I only knew one violinist so it was pretty random music selection). But it was the beginning of my utter obsession with classical music. I still listen to classical music when I'm doing work because it helps me focus but it hasn't kept me from discovering a huge amount of different composers and works.
I think any kind of listening should be supported. If the person likes it, he will discover it further as you said yourself. It's better than nothing still.
While this may be true, if someone's tastes of music is mainly closed around records they liked back in the day, you'll have a very hard time getting them to listen to anything new- a lot of people simply don't have the patience, or inclination to critically evaluate new/unfamiliar works of music, because they simply want to listen to something familiar that they already know they love.True, but that doesn't mean those "Joes" don't listen to music; they just don't listen to current popular music.
I have been a musician (mainly classical but also rock back in the 1960s and 1970s) for over 50 years. In talking with many people about popular music over those years, I have found that many, not all, tend to "carry through life" the popular music they listened to in middle school, high school and college. These people have little, if any, interest in contemporary popular music. Again, this is not the case with everyone, but it is true for many.
It is very rare to meet someone who doesn't listen to some kind of music.
"Critical evaluation" is me overstating it, I think - more that a lot of people simply don't want to listen to unfamiliar stuff that they don't know they'll like.Most folks would find the critical evaluation of music an alien notion, even of the music they love.
the first classical music album I actually bought was a compilation of tracks from Kubrick films that the Prague Symphony (?) did.I said "like Kubrick did". Meaning using the music of old composers as soundtrack. He used Shostakovich, Handel, Strauss, Beethoven, Rossini, Khachaturian and others. I got interested in Shostakovich because of Kubrick.
Recently. I was a cellist from the age of 4 to the age of 18, and as with a lot of people who were pushed into classical music at a young age, I ended up despising it, associating it with endless hours of practice and frustration.If we ask CM enthusiasts in here, when did you begin your interest in CM? The age of 10 or 12 or 15? I think the college years is too late for most people. As the brain matures (they say not until 19(?)) these mysterious affinities and potentialities get pruned away. It's a natural process.
Are we doing anything about these losses? 'Not since the early 1960s.