Electronic music is much more than a mere entre to the world of music for those who do not learn to play traditional instruments. While it may readily provide a universal appeal, music technology is in fact most powerful to those who also embrace traditional music.
Let me illustrate the point with an example. I teach my 8 year old daughter Ava Simone traditional piano using a rather inexpensive but high quality popular brand electronic keyboard. We work hard together making sure she abides by all musical conventions, uses proper fingerings, and prescribes to everything I believe to be true about music. Almost instantaneously she found her way to playing the piece using the different sounds available on the keyboard, as opposed to just using the sampled grand piano dial-up that met my approval. I asked her why she doesn’t just practice using the proper “piano sound.”. She responded, “ The piece means something a little different when I play it using each different sound.” Needless to say I was speechless and realized that her little brain was hardwired in ways I may never fully understand. However, there was one thing I was sure she was beginning to embrace at such a young age, in addition to everything else I was teaching her, sonic possibility as an expansion of expression.
*Technological musical Innovation is nothing new. The pianoforte Is relatively young, less than three hundred years old relative to the 3000 years of documented music making in civilization .