You never stop learning. Music is one of the most complex art forms of all. It actually began as a sound wave and then, over time (centuries), the melodies were sung by putting one fundamental (each of which have their harmonics) in line with other fundaments. Over time (centuries) it was probably discovered that certain partials of those fundamentals when used in conjunction with the inline melody created harmony and composers capture those harmonies and use them to bring out personalities of the melody that emphasize expressions to humans in many different ways.
This flexing, massaging and exploring that occurs during the creative process of composing music, putting all those little pieces together to form a picture in the hearts, mind and soul
from themselves to other listeners, not only offers a creative release but adds intellect to the human taking the journey. THAT is the reason to play, perform, examine and explore music. That’s why I continue to share it and contribute to it. That’s why you should also spend some time learning it. It’s deeply challenging, rewarding, fun and beautiful to learn. It will enhance any skill and enrich any intellect.
Here’s my thoughts on the science of music: Each note is made up of harmonics that are actually other notes in the spectrum of sound. Each harmony is made up of other notes and each of those have their own harmonics. The entire spectrum is sorted out and expressed by humans making music and when done well, brings out human emotions. It becomes art at that place and composers are experts at it but even they have only scratched the surface.
When something extremely interesting occurs or is discovered by a composer, it is latched onto by many other composers and they analyze it, create rules about it, form opinions about it that become facts of music within that genre. These are NOT facts or all the rules of music but facts and rules to fit within that specific genre. When I teach, I try my best to draw first from the science of sound and second by the rules and genres of pre-existing music. That way, a student has their eyes wide open.
What I tend to do is explore music that includes the openness of science in music with the knowledge of the rules of genres. Melodies and harmonies are vast even within genres but the universe of music’s potential has barely been explored. That’s why I continue to explore and search for melodies and learn new things.
I believe that anyone who opens this option in their life will benefit from the experience and exercise of learning the language of music. It strengthens their ability to think more vividly than they did before learning it. They will increase their recognition of patterns, expressions and creativity simply by learning the language and puzzle of music. There is so much more to music than meets the ear. Here’s a link to read a little history of the oldest written piece of music discovered.