The Sound of Existence

Ethnic music is not a foreign concept to today's society, nor has it ever been. In the classical period in Europe, ethnic music was viewed as unimportant as it was considered meaningless but this all changed with the dawn of Ethnomusicology, which not only saved ethnic music from being tossed aside as worthless, but also showed its true value and importance.

Ethnomusicology is the stuy of music as both part of and in of itself a culture, which investigates how people use, perform, create and think about music by looking at the way we interact with it as well as the background of the music itself. In essence, Ethnomusicology strives to show how crucial ethnic music is to our existence as humans even though, in some cases, such music can be repetitive, monotonous and lacking melody. However, whether or not ethnic music is enjoyable to listen to is somewhat irrelevant when it has its own, important function in a society.

Below is a collection of just three of the many reasons music is of such high value and meaning to us:

Ethnic music plays a key role as a soundtrack to virtually every human endeavor. From birth to death, the role of music is simple but crucial as a way of expressing all aspects of life through sound.

Music is a vital communicator of feelings and ideas. Music is able to communicate as well as trigger a range of emotions and feelings.

Music as a healer. Music has the ability to soothe and heal with melodies and rhythmic patterns.

It is clear that the role and importance of music is deeply engrained within us. Ethnomusicology is the delicate study into how and why we humans hold music so dear to us and the extent to which music affects our lives – in particular ethnic and traditional music.

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