Like language, music is one activity essential to all human cultures. What makes music so important to our cultures, our sense of community, our shared storytelling, and our history?
We’ll start right from the beginning and trace the roots of human musical expression to early hunter-gatherer communities. Then we’ll look at the development of more complex music as humans settled on farms, in towns, and then in cities.
We’ll look at instruments as they evolved in different places and times. We’ll see how different musical traditions developed around the world and changed when they came into contact with each other. We’ll look at everything from traditional to esoteric musical traditions, from classical to modern pop.
And finally, we’ll also share the music that we make and listen to in our daily lives.
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