LESSON 3 MUSIC AS CULTURAL STUDY Objectives: After doing though this lesson you should be able to; 1. discuss music in studying cultures. 2. analyze music as an ingredient in all ceremonies. 3. develop friendship and understanding though music . NEXT CONTENTS PREVIOUS 1 2 Lesson
Felipe Padilla De Leon stated that “there is no other medium by which we can truly awake and unite national feeling except through our folklore.”
Filipinos are lovers of music, Singing was on going activity even before the discovery of Islands. The Anitos, pirits, diwatas and incantos have to be appeased through songs, Music is a necessary ingredient in all ceremonies- wedding, pressing joy, worship, festivities and other ceremonies.
Music is an art and culture is reflected n art. The study of music therefore, is directly a study of culture. The more music a person knows, the more cultured he becomes.
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Philippine music is a blend of eastern and western characteristics. Geographically speaking, we are Asians. Hence, with the predominantly Malayan culture of the ancient Filipinos, we find culture traces of neighboring countries like, Indonesia, China, Japan, Etc. however emotionally and mentally, we are marked Western having had strong cultural influences from Spain and the United states.
Four hundred years influence rule has made us think, feel and act Spanish in many ways. Fifty years of American rule has so “Americanized” us that we are finding it rather difficult to define distinctly who we really are.