Musical vs. Music-related

Working on a book chapter, I am trying to clarify some terminology. Right now I am thinking about the differences between “musical” and “music-related” movements/actions/gestures. What is the difference? I find that it makes sense to think about whether the action is direct or indirect. In other words:

  • Musical actions: actions involved in music making, e.g. performing an instrument (i.e. sound-producing actions).
  • Music-related actions: actions that are the result of, or influenced by, music, e.g. dancing, walking in pace, etc.

While I believe the two are strongly connected, I think it makes sense to also make a clear distinction between them.

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Alexander Refsum Jensenius is a music researcher and research musician living in Oslo, Norway.