Classical Music and Analysis: What the HELL?
Can I choose something seemingly more different and off-beat than a post like this? But what may seem different from the surface is in actual fact, no more different than my choice of coffee than the average person (skim macchiato, 1 sugar). That said, this is still very different to most of my other posts which is why I personally enjoyed it.
So for this Corner Conversation, I caught up with Amanda, a classically trained pianist who so happens to also lead a team of business analysts and is also a handy developer to boot.
Without further ado..
PC @ MMA: So classical music and analysis; what’s the synthesis here?
Here’s what I think they’re about: Analysis and Development in our profession requires one to think in a logical and structured manner whereas in music it’s more about the feeling. In music, you know what you’re going to play, but the timing, feeling and energy you put in to it is very different from analysis. At least those are my immediate thoughts. Any views on that?
Amanda: I guess the fundamentals on how you approach learning material is the same. So for example since I have a very limited amount of time learning to play the piano, I have had to come up with a lot of tricks. So I can sit in a park and decompose the music trying to figure out where the patterns are. When I do that, I am really coming up with a logical approach to learning. Things like the IF-THEN-ELSE in IT development could be used a bit with dynamic shaping, For example, if you’re loud now, then you can either go soft next or even louder. But I don’t usually think of it in terms of formal logic.
Another thing is when you’re in the process of learning piano music, you will have to use ‘the reptilian brain‘ for memory and that means you’re going to have a lot of repetitions.
When you have things at a subconscious level, then you can start applying things with standard memory e.g. ‘I have this lag coming up’ or ‘I know I have to play this particular note in here’ when playing music.