Music in History

Music is the discipline of arranging sounds in specific time to create a particular composition such as music, spoken word, or instrumental music. It is one of the oldest cultural influences of all human cultures. In music, various forms of harmony and variety are applied to create music that can be used for various purposes such as storytelling, communication, advertising, sports, etc. A wide range of cultures around the world including Western music, indigenous music and classical music have shared a love and appreciation of music all through the years.


The earliest musical instrument believed to have been used by man was a flute which was found in a tomb dating back to the 19th century. The earliest musical instrument ever discovered was a flute made of wood and ivory. It is believed to have been used by ancient Egyptian pharaohs to make musical tones that were used to alarm the army before them; it is also said to have helped the musicians to communicate while they were asleep. The flute did not become popular among the common people but it remained prominent among nobility and royalty. The most famous flute is the recorder, which was made famous by the American musician and composer Henry Threadgill.

Music is often used to express emotions and thoughts in written form as well as in music often spoken. Examples of expressive musical instruments are: the piano, sitar, guitar, harp, glockenspiels, gongs, drums, and many more. Music also has a huge role in history and tradition, because most religions share certain basic principles such as: moral values, tradition, belief in a higher power, hope, and courage. People also use music to make music to communicate to each other.