In the article, Sousa states that he” foresee a marked deterioration in American and musical taste, an interruption in the musical development of the country and a host of other injuries to music in its artistic manifestations, by virtue—or rather by vice—of the multiplication of the various music-reproducing machines.” The reasoning behind his statement is that Suosa believes that machines took aways the emotion and soul of the music. I do not agree with Sousa because I believe that

the soul and emotion of the music lies beneath the music and the lyrics but not the ways of performing. Although playing music through speakers take aways the aspect of live performance, it does not take away the message behind the music of singers and song writers. Sousa also mentioned that the music devices were reducing the amount of children and adults learning about music through instruments schools. Instead, he claims that while people could hear music without actively playing it, they became indifferent to musical instruments and less and less people will be able to play musical instruments. I personally also do not agree with this reason because I believe that these machines increased the accessibility of music. The machines allowed the general population instead of only the rich and the privileged  to listen and learn about various kinds of music at a reasonable amount of money. This way, the market for music will expand and more songs and singers will appear to fill the need of the market.