A simple definition of music is that it is ‘organized sound’. Yet, how sound is organized matters. Scholars suggest that different music traditions may not just structure music differently but have distinct ideas of what music is. At a point in time, what many of us recognize as music today i.e. music as sound may have been inseparable from music as movement i.e dance. For some, music is best understood through the various roles it plays, such as bringing people together and underlining both traditional and contemporary healing practices.
This episode explores how the understanding of music has evolved over time, and across cultures, providing an overview of the effect of music on mental health and wellbeing.