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Sew’s Music Classes
What is Music? Music is an art. It allows to express ideas and emotions in significant forms through different elements. Why learn Music? Different types of music help in soothing one's disturbed soul, in the growth of concentration and also cheer up to live life to the fullest. There are different types of music as people have different tastes. For e.g., classical music, rock, jazz, metal, rap, folk etc. But the objective remains the same. The aim of all music is to touch the core of the heart and thus music can be called an expression of our heart's saying. Biologically speaking, there is evidence that children have the capabilities of appreciating music and expressing themselves musically at a very early age. Also, very young children display musical behaviors and capabilities before cultural influences have a chance to shape them. Studies have shown these musical abilities in infants and neonates and perhaps even babies in the prenatal stage. There is evidence that babies can hear music inside their mother's womb. Other studies have shown that infants display musical abilities that are similar to adults'. A few examples are: they discriminate differences between similar notes; infants perceive and remember melodic contour, thus using an adult like listening strategy of attending to global pitch relationships rather that the detailed notes themselves; infants, like adults, also mentally segment sequences of sound into "chunks"; infants can recognize melodies independently of tempo, and detect changes in rhythm. The "musical infant" not only exists, but it is the normal human infant. Additional evidence also reveals that the building blocks of music are specialized and processed in different parts of the brain. Studies of people with brain damage exhibit impairments of certain aspects of music, such as the discrimination of rhythm, while other musical aspects remained intact, such as the discrimination of melody. Research on children has shown children imitate musical phrases and songs. They are even able to compose and perform their own fairly complex songs, not miniature adult songs. Source: www.cwrl.utexas.ed Types of Music Some of the well  known music types are, Classical Music: Classical music is a complex form of music as it requires high musical skills, like learning the ragas and ability to coordinate with other musicians. One has to maintain the complex relationship between its emotional flows. If you wish to learn this music, then you have to go through proper training. Rock Music: This music genre originated in the rock and roll era of 1950s. The vocals are accompanied by guitar, drum and bass. Certain rock groups also use piano, synthesizer, saxophone, flute, mandolin and sitar for a deeper effect. This type of music has several sub genres, such as hard rock, progressive rock and metal rock. All these types of rock music are popular till date. Metal Music: Metal music emerged after the Second World War. Here the melody of the song is heavily influenced by the structure of the songs. While in rock music, songwriting is based within a form; in metal music, the central melody decides the structure of the song. It is also known as 'information music'. Hip-hop Music: Hip-hop music always includes the use of instruments such as guitar, violin, fiddle, piano, bass and drums. In these types of music, the bass is the main instrument. This can be used in different intensities to emote feelings of anger, pride and others. This type of music is the result of hip-hop culture and is known as hip-hop music. This music shows a heavy influence of Jamaican music. The roots of the music are found in African-American and West African music. It was first played by a group of traveling singers and poets of West Africa. Wedding Ceremony Music: Wedding music is used in the ceremonies like wedding. These can be classical and modern, according the tastes of people. Some people prefer country melodies, while others opt for classical music as wedding music. Such music varies from every culture. Trance Music: This type of music is usually played in club houses and discotheques. It originated in the 20th century. This music is characterized by fast tempo and repetitious beats of the percussion. It has a hypnotic effect on the souls of listeners. Jazz: This type of music is featured by strong and complex rhythms. The main musical instruments used for jazz music are cornet, trumpet or violin, that help carry the melody. This is a rhythmic music and has a forward momentum called "swing". However, in this music genre, the skilled performer interprets a tune in his own way. Folk Music: Folk music is a kind of traditional music that is handed down from generations in every culture. This type of music reflects the emotions of common laity. Popular music and tribal music are the two sub genres of folk music. This folk music shows the social upheaval that lies among various classes of people. This also portrays their struggle for survival and their culture. Techno Music: Techno music is also known as fusion music. This became popular towards the middle part of the 1980s. This is a form of electronic dance music and based on African-American music styles like funk, electro and electric jazz. It features fast beats and this form was initiated by Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May. Opera Music: Opera music first emerged in Italy in the 1600s. This genre has a remarkable combination of theatrical art and musical invention and is specifically played in the theaters. This has greater appeal for its delightful orchestral accompaniment. The preludes and interludes of this music set the tone for the action on-stage. Source: www.buzzle.com