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A brief PowerPoint presentation about the benefits of and reasons for studying classical music.

A brief PowerPoint presentation about the benefits of and reasons for studying classical music.


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  • 1. Studying Classical Music
  • 2. Music and Culture  Historical and anthropological  studies have found that music is a  basic human behavior - a form of  human expression as natural as  speech.  Virtually all known cultures  throughout recorded human history  have had some form of music.
  • 3. What is classical music?
  • 4. The category of music commonly  called classical music is a form of  music that first developed in Europe  during the Middle Ages (also known  as the Medieval Period of Western  history) and continuously developed  over the centuries through different  periods of cultural and historical  development to the present day. 
  • 5. In addition to the category of Western classical music described above, the term "classical music" can also be used to refer to certain types of unrelated music that originated in other parts of the world, such as Indian classical music, Chinese classical music, Indonesian classical music, etc.
  • 6. These other types of “classical music” generally all developed independently of influence from Western classical music.
  • 7. Classical music, which can also be called “art music,” is a category of music that is distinct from both traditional music (also called “folk music”) and popular music.
  • 8. Why Study Classical Music?
  • 9. Studying classical music is an alternative way of learning the history of Western culture. The periods of Western classical music run parallel to the general periods of Western culture.
  • 10. Western classical music is the music from which nearly all forms of contemporary popular music around the world are derived, especially with regard to harmony.
  • 11. While many other forms of music around the world possess their own unique types of melody and rhythm, virtually all forms of contemporary music throughout the world have adopted the system of harmony first developed in Western classical music.
  • 12. Studying or appreciating classical music is easy to do… it mostly involves listening. Unlike reading a great work of literature, which requires concentration and a serious time commitment, great works of music can be experienced in relatively short periods of time - most in well under an hour. You can also do other things while you listen to music at home. You can cook, clean, exercise, or do all sorts of simple tasks.
  • 13. Music is very accessible and inexpensive nowadays. In fact, a lot of classical music can be listened to for free.
  • 14. The great composers of Western classical music are among the greatest creative artists in world history, especially the great composers of the Baroque, Classical & Romantic periods. Listening to their music can be a very uplifting experience in many ways.