I just taught a music unit for a class in the college’s general education core, Artistic Expression. In six short sessions we made a dash through each of the eras of music history, with a quick listen to a few musical examples, especially emphasizing how form works in unifying a musical work. This dash provided us the material to talk a good deal about aesthetics, the study of beauty, or better said, the enjoyment of beauty. So, it made sense to put a short essay on the unit test asking the students to take one of two positions:
Beauty is only in the eye of the beholder or
Beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder.