Music is a very important aspect of everyday life. Music provides a great channel for people to relax and escape the harsh realities of life. Music is a great mode for communication too. Music is a universally accepted entity that brings together people of different races, religions, languages, and beliefs. Music knows no boundaries.
Music has not always been the same way we perceive it. Music has grown continuously changing its form and taking up new shape and nature. In the ancient times, music was simple. Music was mostly in nature, the tap-tap of rain on a hard surface, the singing of birds, the sounds of different animals, the sound of howling wind, the sound of hooves drumming on the ground, the sound of walking feet and any other sounds that could be heard in the natural.
Man formed the first pieces of music by mimicking this sounds of nature. This was by the use of his voice or by using instruments. This was the beginning of the creation of music and the beginning of musical instruments. Man may have started by drumming against hard surfaces to copy the staccato sounds of rain or the sound of hooves. Mimicking the sounds of wild animals and the sounds of birds could have been the beginning of singing as we know it.
As time went on, man, thanks to his superior abilities for invention, continued to develop music. There was a rapid development in the singing capabilities once man understood his voice’s capacity and realized that he could use his voice to make melodious sounds. Later man realized that he could mix the melodious sounds with some words from the language that he was still developing. This was the beginning of song.
As music in the form of song was developing, man was also finding more ingenious ways of making musical instruments. Man went a step more from percussion instruments when he discovered the wonders of wind when blown through hollows. This was the beginning of wind instruments. Stringed musical instruments were also developed using taut vines and thin taut strips of hide.
Music was also incorporated in communication. This can be seen in the example where musical instruments such as the trumpets were used to communicate in war.
Songs were also made with special messages to be used in special instances. Songs were used to teach and to tell stories that passed information from one generation to another.
With time, as music continued to develop and musical instruments also got better, music increasingly became a form of entertainment. This drove the development of music to being focused more on quality. Man’s desire became to produce the best musical sounds that were pleasing to the ear.
This brought about the introduction of choirs, operas, and singing groups. It also led to the introduction of music schools which trained individuals on singing and playing musical instruments. Craftsmen also became more devoted towards producing quality musical instruments.
With the advancement of technology today, man has been able to take music to another whole new level. The discovery of sound amplification was especially quite monumental in the development of musical appliances and the manipulation of musical sounds.