Music is an art form and a unique cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time, created by organizing of pitch, rhythm, and sounds made using musical instruments and sometimes singing. We listen to music on myriad platforms like mini or compact hi fi systems, car stereo and phones. The most common elements of music is rhythm which is the duration of sound (how long or short the notes are), melody which is the tune (an organized sequence of pitches), harmony which is the combination more than two pitches, pitch which governs melody and harmony, timbre (tone color or quality), tempo which is the pace of the music. There are different forms of music depending on the inclusion and absence of any of the elements. These forms of music are called genres of music.
Music comes in different types and styles ranging from world pop to traditional rock music, easy listening and bluegrass. Many genres of music have a rich history or geographical importance. Many other types of music include punk of various forms, rock, anime, blues, children’s music, classical, comedy, commercial, country, dance, Disney, electronic, hip-hop, holiday, jazz, instrumental, Latin, karaoke and many more. These forms of music often perform specific functions, for instance, instrumental is used sometimes for marching band, easy listening during swing or lounge, a commercial for jingles and TV themes, children’s music for lullabies, sing-along and stories.
DEFINITION OF MUSIC
The creation, performance, significance and even the definition of music may vary according to culture and social context but music is an explosive expression of humanity. American musician Billy Joel once said ‘I think music in itself is healing”. It is something we are touched by and we have a deep connection to music because it is hardwired in our brains and bodies. Music just like sports is a universal bond with a large amount of inclination to music irrespective of its genre because there is always that one song that when heard, triggers emotional and psychological response depending on the emotional attachment to the song. The deep and ardent connection people have with music has made music an essential tool in benefitting our mental health resulting in health experts calling for music therapy to be more widely incorporated and imbibed into healthcare settings.
FUNCTION AND MODE OF DELIVERY
Music ranges in function and mode of delivery. It may be sung or heard live at orchestra performance or rock or countryside performance, it may be recorded and listened to on a radio, mp3 player, smartphone or TV show, it may be heard live as part of a dramatic work, a music theatre or show or opera. Irrespective of the mode of delivery, music in itself is considered life especially if all the elements are combined in amazing proportion to soothing ears. In many cultures, music types vary depending on ceremonies and circumstances. Sometimes, one can decipher the mood of a gathering by the style or genre of music on the play.
Music is an important part of people’s lives without prejudice as It plays a key role in religious rituals, a rite of passage ceremonies. Some people have even taken music as a hobby whether in playing instruments or singing in itself.