UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI.
CCS001: COMMUNICATION SKILLS.
NAME: WAINAINA BRIAN NJUGUNA.
REGISTRATION NUMBER: D33/34343/2013.
Music can be defined in many ways, but to summarize all the definitions, music can be defined as the art or science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds or both to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion. It is said that a large percentage of old people who sing at the choir enjoy the harmony created and feel at peace.
It is not really known from where music originated, but most probably the earliest humans to feel emotion probably found a way to express it using "organized sound". The first form of music may have come from hunting whistles - examples of these go back over 40,000 years.
IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC.
The value of music on a man's emotional life has been generally recognized. Its essence being the harmonious production of melodious sound. The primitive or the unsophisticated man, after the day's toils and troubles, found ease and was relaxed in music and dance: rhythm (a regular, repeated pattern of sounds, stresses or beats in music) itself is a great tranquilizer. At the other end of the scale of civilization, lie great thinkers and scientists who refresh their tired brain by music. Shakespeare goes so far as to say that :
The man who has no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, siratagems and spoils.
Thus, music has the undoubted power of composing emotional disturbance and restoring the mind to tranquility. Hence, the value of music in an educational system has been generally recognized in the West where boys and girls are given a basic training in the rudiments of music at the school stage. Thus, they fit into a social scheme where dance and music have an important place. In ancient India, also students had to learn to chant the 'Vedic hymns.' Specialized training could then be imparted to those who exhibited notable aptitude or bias in this direction. Usually in our country, Kenya, music training is very rare in our schools and is only offered in a few schools where examinations are also done. In India, no one recognized the value of music in education more than Rabindranath Tagore. At Visva Bharati, he made Faculty of Music to make music an integral part of education. Recently Music has been made a distinct discipline or faculty of studies in almost all universities in India. Musical Academies have also been established by the States and Union Government. Music has a religions origin everywhere. So there is something in music that exalts and ennobles our heart and keeps under control the baser propensities or tendencies. Children have a natural taste for music and it is certainly desirable to introduce music as a compulsory subject of study in the lower stages of our school, to foster and encourage the cultivation of music from the earliest years. It will have a salutary effect on the entire scholastic life of our students. It will bring joy in an atmosphere heavy with pressing academic routine. The study and cultivation of music will certainly enliven the daily life of the average man with a much-needed spirit of joy. Here in Kenya, often laborers engaged in hard work, sing a choric song to relieve the strain on muscles, to create a positive attitude towards work and also re-boosts energy. In the western part of Kenya, people meet at a specific place, where termite holes are, and sing to the termites until they emerge from their holes. It is as if the music soothes the termites and lures them to get out and listen to the music. Politically, music plays a huge role. When campaigning, Members of parliament, presidential...
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