The History of Music

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Bach History of MusicMusic has been part of the human race from primitive time, ancient high culture and up to the present day.


Along with the development of the primeval man to the highly intelligent man the instruments developed.  From the simple sticks beating on tree trunks, to acoustic instruments of the various races to western orchestral/electronic instruments which constitutes music.


Primitive man had reasons to make music. It could be to meet the enemies on the battlefield, for celebration of winning the battle or for mourning.  Even present day music is played at funerals.


During the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and early Romantic era, music was the leisure pursuit of the royals, nobles and rich. Performance of music developed from small ensembles to orchestras that can house thousands of audiences in a music concert hall.


The common man began with music when equality became the political view.


Music now is available to all who want to learn it. With science proving that music benefits not only the right and left brain, but one of the few activities that involve both physical and mental is good for the development of an individual.


There are private music lessons, music schools that offer music courses not only based on the UK music examinations but the Yamaha courses as well.


The Yamaha courses have music lessons for children from two years of age onwards. The UK music examinations begin from grade 1 to diploma level.


Music has also become part of the school curriculum as well. There are school bands and choirs that participate at competitions.


The piano was the most popular instrument at one time here, and then came the violin. With the different music groups emerging, the strings, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments became available with musicians who can teach it.


Music not only develops an individual but is enjoyed which has led to the formation of bands, choirs, ensembles and orchestras.


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