PrefaceMusic is an ever evolving subject and activity that has different genres and types, not tomention the various applications of music to various situations, such as in enjoyment &entertainment (recreation), military applications, therapy (Herve comes to mind), andproductivity in the work place.The purpose of this dissertation is to give the reader a perspective of music found and notfound in the literature and other sources.I dedicate this dissertation to the faculty and personnel of Belford University forbelieving in my abilities and affording me the challenge of putting my knowledge,research and thoughts down onto paper.
Chapter One: Introduction and History of Music
Music is the science and art of creating noise to form a pattern that can both be listened toand identified accordingly. Music can also be defined as the science of harmonicallysounds; instrumental or vocal harmony (2)The discovery of music is approximately 50 000 years old (1), and early modern humanshave believe it or not, migrated originally from Africa to all habitable continentsthroughout the world. It goes without saying that go anywhere in the world, music insome form or other is played, sung and performed. Meaning that even tribal people havetheir own system of music, and it goes with out saying that scientists and anthropologistshave determined that music must have been present in the ancestral population, prior tothe dispersal of the Homo sapiens (humans) throughout the world.It is interesting to note that even musical instruments especially the stringed instrumentshave been invented and constructed in different parts of the world with similar conceptsand principles in design albeit it that the different parts of the world are unrelated to eachother. (However Western influence no doubt changes all of that)!If Greek Legend is to be believed, it would have been a twang of a bowstring that madethe god Apollo aware of the musical properties of a vibrating string.It is a man by the name of Jubal in the holy scriptures who invented the use of musicalinstruments.The ancient Egyptians and King David played with the harp. The lyre was also played byKing David and his people.It is interesting that there is an illustration in Wade – Matthews, Max and Thompson,Wendy, Music an Illustrated Encyclopedia of musical instruments and the greatcomposers, 2004, Lorenz Books, show an illustration of a Romanian child playing thegardon a relation of cello.