Why do teenagers like pop music

Why teenagers don't listen to classical music

If you see a teenage boy walking down the street wearing white earplugs, swinging back and forth slightly, you can be pretty sure that it is not classical music coming from the headphones. Teens can enthusiastically rattle off the name of a dozen bands on their current favorite playlist. However, if you ask who Brahms was, a strange look appears on their eyes. Even many music students are amazingly ignorant of classical music. If you don't even know the names of these composers, you will definitely not have any records with your works on.

The figures for classical music consumption in general are shockingly low in every way. Only 3% of the phonograms sold in 2008 were classical music. On average, only 300 copies of the famous orchestral masterpieces were sold. This low figure is not compensated for by attending concerts. Likewise, only 3% of the concert tickets sold in 2008 were intended for classical music concerts, and neither were CD sales.

  • Reasons why teens don't like classical music

First of all, the speed and rhythm of classical music, with its many stops and starts, tempo, dynamics and mood swings and long moments, are exactly the opposite of what the turbo-charged teenage psyche craves. After all, children talk quickly, play quickly, and think quickly. They also want their music to be fast. They also have short attention spans of only about three minutes. This is far too short for a four-movement sonata, but perfect for a new pop song. Pop melodies are also structurally much simpler, similar to an acoustic billboard, and contrast with the multilayered complexity of classical music. A symphony is something that makes a person sit and enjoy. How many teenagers do you know who enjoy sitting still for an hour and listening to classical music? I don't know many.

The subject of pop music appeals to the typical teenager far more than a wordless, 45-minute symphony by Gustav Mahler. Classical music is incredibly powerful, but not exactly about topics that are directly relevant to a typical teenager.