Thomas Hampson on music literacy

Thomas Hampson


Thomas Hampson is an American lyric baritone whose  operatic repertoire includes the title roles in Mozart‘s Don Giovanni, Rossini‘s The Barber of Seville, and Tchaikovsky‘s Eugene Onegin. Through the Hampsong Foundationhe promotes access to music literacy as a means to enhance understanding between cultures. Thomas Hampson maintains an active interest in research, education, musical outreach, and technology. In this video, he talks about Meludia and the incredible benefits of music education.

What do you think about Meludia?

It impresses me on so many levels at the same time. Certainly, first and foremost, this right to music literacy, to understand music as language. This has been one of my passionate themes for years now, going right up to the statement that opera is a musical art form and not a theatrical art form. There’s just an endless line of concepts here.

What has been built here with Meludia. How you find yourself to awaken – what you call so beautifully “music is within you” – to awaken this literacy to music as a language within you. In your platform, it’s private, it’s personal, it’s progressive and contemporary. You follow your path to unravel and understand, at whatever level that might be, music as a language. And I find that fantastic!

It’s even somehow a game. It can be an entertaining distraction as much as a learning process. It’s perfect certainly for kids but also for myself. I’m looking forward to my own augmentation of musical understanding within this but I have grand children. I’m thrilled to have a subscription that I can send to my six-year-old granddaughter and say, “have fun on your iPad with this”. Well, it’s not iPad yet but you’ll get to that soon enough.

What music education can do for our world?

The broader implications for what you have built and what you stand for are kind of endless. There are societal revolutionary aspects to this. It is as much a right to understand music as a language as it is to learn the language you learn as a child.

But more important than that, it’s a new individual awareness that will certainly form a different world view. And I’m trying to say that without becoming too terribly esoteric. But, in fact, we are all in a network of life and energies and vibration and harmonies. And, part of that connection is, every day, subconsciously, by every human being, affected by the language of music. Wouldn’t that be great if you actually were pulling some of that subconsciousness more into your own consciousness? I think this is a very exciting development.