Music Holidays That Will Get Everyone Moving To Their Own Beat
Even though some very cranky people may try to write off music as being something frivolous without any real benefit to individuals and society, we would like to push back against that idea. To most people, music is an important part of their lives. It can be beneficial to a person’s psychological and emotional well-being, it can inspire innovation and creativity, and it provides us with simple entertainment and enjoyment.
What more could you expect from an art form? Of course, music holds a lot of benefits to not only individuals but also for communities as well. Music is a cultural expression that can bring people together and lead to community building. It also serves as a record of social and cultural development — preserving the previous generation’s hopes, dreams, and ambitions.
It’s no wonder why music is loved universally around the world by just about everyone. It’s also why we decided that the subject of music needed further examination. And we decided that the best way to examine music as an art form was through the lens of the holidays that celebrate it.
Yes, we took the time to go over some of the most important holiday articles that focus on music and talk about them. This was done not only to examine music from different angles but to alert our readers to some of the holidays that they might want to celebrate with friends and family members. Okay, we think we’ve properly set up expectations for this article, so let’s get right to the holidays.
Pop Music Chart Day (January 4th)
One of the biggest genres of music that are often blown off as having no redeeming social value is pop music. However, as you might expect, we disagree with that assessment of it. Pop music typically features catchy melodies that make the music more accessible to the masses, and focuses on contemporary production techniques, but that doesn’t mean it has no value.
Pop music can be both emotionally accessible to the masses, and still have value for society. It can help bridge different communities, it can influence pop culture, and it can even have a positive economic effect and create job opportunities for people. In other words, it’s just as important as any other musical genre, and its popularity shouldn’t diminish that fact.
National Day The Music Died Day (February 3rd)
“Long long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile. And I knew that if chance, I could make those people dance and maybe they’d be happy for a while.” Those are the beginning lyrics to Don McLean’s “American Pie,” a song that was released in 1971 and reflects on the cultural changes of the 1950s and 1960s.
In the song, McLean ponders his grief upon hearing about the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper. The song is a reflection of the tragic loss of talented musicians who were influential to the rock movement and ultimately left a big hole in the music community. That is why we take the time to celebrate this day, the “day the music died.“
Marching Music Day (March 4th)
We’re not sure how you feel about marching bands, but we think that they’re pretty cool. The coordination of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments in such a rhythmic way is capable of producing a variety of different feelings. We don’t think that any parade, sporting event, or official presentation would be the same without these musical warriors.
National Buy A Musical Instrument Day (May 22nd)
Even though not everyone will attempt to play an instrument, for a lot of people it’s something that they at least have to try to pursue. Of course, not everyone is going to have musical talent, but even trying to learn an instrument can have a positive effect on a person’s mind.
And that’s why it’s a shame that so many schools have decided that musical education isn’t important and are cutting programs. Doing so deprives an entire generation of the benefits of music, and could possibly rob society of the next great musician.
Uncommon Musical Instrument Day (July 31st)
Everyone is familiar with the guitar, the drums, and the flute, but a fewer number of people are familiar with instruments such as the theremin, didgeridoo, or kalimba. If you’re not familiar with these instruments, then perhaps you too should check out this holiday.
A holiday that’s dedicated to discovering, listening to, and maybe even playing, some of the world’s most uncommon musical instruments. It’s not only a great way to be exposed to different types of music but also a great way to learn about other cultures.
International Country Music Day (September 17th)
Although not everyone is a fan of country music, it does hold intrinsic value to the people who listen to it. That’s because this genre of music carries with it the strong musical traditions that shaped it — namely, the folk, gospel, and blues musical genres.
It also promotes a strong sense of nature, a connection to rural life, and has at its heart a nugget of honesty and authenticity. It’s also a musical genre that places a lot of emphasis on storytelling, which can make it very engaging.
Universal Music Day (Second Saturday In October)
This is a day that encourages everyone to broaden their musical horizons and to listen to more music that they don’t ordinarily listen to. It’s also a day for people to share their music with one another, and maybe try making their own music, if they’re so inclined.
Kids Music Day (First Friday In October)
Exposing children to music can convey a wide variety of benefits for their overall development and well-being. Music helps engage several different cognitive processes including pattern recognition, memory, and problem-solving.
It also provides an outlet for emotional expression and can help develop language and communication skills. That’s why every parent should celebrate Kids Music Day with their children.
International Music Day (October 1st)
The last holiday that will help people get more aligned with their musical selves is International Music Day. This is a day that encourages everyone to look to music that exists outside of their country and their culture. There’s a ton of great music in the world that’s just waiting to be discovered, so go out there and discover it.