Is Music Art

Is Music considered an art?

A friend of mine does not believe things that are not painted, drawn, etc. is considered art. So she doesn't think that music or ballet is an art. What do you guys think?

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wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you want to be technical about it, music is written down.  It is no different than a poem or beautiful painting.  Yes, one has to be able to read music in order to appreciate its written form, but the same could be said of many other written arts.  Even a painting requires a certain knowledge set to be trully appreciated.  If art is "the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance," then we must conclude that music and dance fall into this category as well.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Visual art/"fine art" is just one kind of art. "Art" is conventionally understood to include many modes of expression, from music and sculpture to dance and photography. 

Constraining a definition of art to hand-made visual art would exclude many of the most popular forms of expression from consideration as art: literature, theater, photograpy and music. 

I would say that your friend has a semantic issue with the question at hand. My guess is that she takes the term art more narrowly than most and I would argue that this narrow view is both technically and conventionally incorrect. Aesthetically-oriented expression is certainly not limited to visual art. 

Art... 4.a : the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects; also : works so produced

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Musicians who perform and chronicle their work are called "musical artists," and I agree that music is a true art form. However, there is a big difference between someone who perfects their trade, masters their instrument and creates an endearing piece of music and a person who does not. Only the finest musicians, singers, lyricists and composers can be truly called an "artist."

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This should be a moot point.  Is music not included within Schools of Fine Art?  Artistic expression finds its form in architecture, visual arts, and music.  All are creative acts from the minds and souls of individuals, not from any other source.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have to agree with the previous post.  I can't think of any reason to say that music is not art.  It is, after all, produced by people as a way of conveying ideas and emotions to other people.  I would say that this makes it an art.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would say music is a form of art.  We usually call it a performance art.  Music is a form of self-expression, and that uses an artistic sense.  Art does not have to be visual.  Art is creativity and vision.

drastro | Student

I think music is an art.

user1450001 | Student

I think - If Music is not an art then it is surely something above than art, something beyond than art.


It is very important to know whether this question is asked technicaly or in some other way. Because if it is asked in a technical way then the answer would be same from all people and that is - "Yes music is an art". But if the question is asked philosophicaly then I think different people can have their own expression to define Music.

user1450001 | Student

I have never ever heard someone telling "Music is not an Art".  And so I am very curious to get answer from the same person that- "If music is not an art then what is music?"

I realy, eagerly wait for this answer.

irislirisl | Student

According to Greek mythology (, music belongs to the arts just as poetry and astronomy and is repesented by the muse Euterpe. But of course: everyone has their own opinion if music is really art. For myself: classical music is an art, punk music can be an art by looking at the lyrics but not the music itself. You'll have to decide for yourself what you like / don't like


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