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    What is "music-making"?

    Clearly our present general failure to participate in music-making is not due to any national lack of the musical faculty or to the absence of a desire to play and sing. We are directly descended from any number of musical nations. Among the scores of persons to whom I talked of this, I do not remember one intelligent adult, classed as 'no-musical,' who did not envy those lucky ones who were able to make their music together. While the radio and the phonograph have perhaps contributed to the discouragement of some amateur virtuosos, these devices can never eliminate permanently the fundamental need for the individual adventure in music. On the contrary, by spreading the knowledge of music they will greatly stimulate the desire for general music-making.

    Q. What does the writer mean by "music making"?

    a. composing music
    b. playing professionally
    c. playing or singing for personal pleasure
    d. manufacturing musical instruments

    I went with "B" at first, but OA is "C", and then "C" seems to me right. However, some doubt remains in my mind, and I get to write this question. According to the words "amateur" virtuosos or "general" music-making, does it imply "for personal pleasure" in "C"? What's your opinion?

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    #2

    Re: What is "music-making"?

    I'm not a teacher, nor a native.

    Composing music and music-making seem to me the same action.
    But I might be wrong.

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    #3

    Re: What is "music-making"?

    I like C.

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    #4

    Re: What is "music-making"?

    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    I'm not a teacher, nor a native.

    Composing music and music-making seem to me the same action.
    But I might be wrong.
    No, in English, music-making doesn't mean composing. It means playing an instrument. 'Music' here refers to the sound, not to the notes on paper.
    C. is the right answer.
    B. is possible, but we still have symphony orchestras and the rest. We also have any number of rock bands trying to make good.
    The article (which again is not well-written or argued) seems to be referring to making music for pleasure. For example, how many of us stand around the piano and sing any more? Reading nineteenth century novels would tell you that all good families had a daughter who was good on the piano. This type of thing is very rare these days.

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    Re: What is "music-making"?

    Agreed.

    C. it is.

    Music Making is the act of making the sounds of music, be it beating on a pot to playing the finest musical instrument.

    Love Making probably falls into the same "action" interpretation, albeit that would be a new thread.

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