Music Introduction

Music is a vital part of daily living, as Albert Einstein stated, “life without playing music would be inconceivable”. There is no one living in this earth who does not listen to any kind of music.

There are many types of music, including popular music, traditional music, art music, and music written for religious ceremonies. It ranges from the strictly organized compositions such as classical music, through the improvisational music like jazz etc., and the contemporary music from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Music can be divided into genres such as country music, rock music, pop, classical, etc.; and genres can be further divided into sub-genres. Music has many different fundamentals or elements, these can include: pitch, beat or pulse, tempo, rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, style, allocation of voices, timbre or color, dynamics, expression, articulation, form, and structure.

Within the arts, music may be classified as a performing art, a fine art or as an auditory art. It may be played or sung and heard live at a rock concert or orchestra performance, as part of a dramatic work such as an opera, or it may be recorded and listened to on a radio, MP3 player, CD player, smartphone or as a film score or TV show. Music is composed and performed for many purposes, ranging from aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, or as an entertainment product for the marketplace.

Music, without question, plays an important role in people’s way of life–in religious rituals, ceremonies like graduation or marriage, social gatherings and other cultural activities. People may make music as a hobby, or work as a professional musician or singer.

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