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On the one hand, to talk about music from a utilitarian purpose might miss the point. Music exists and people create it for the sake of beauty. Apart from this point, there are a number of uses for music.

Arguably, the most predominate use of music is in the context of worship. This use of music goes back to the ancient world. Music and the worship of God or gods/goddesses is old as our historical sources. A great place to look at this point is in the book of Psalms. Psalm 150 makes this point clear.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

This emphasis on music and worship still exists today. Apart from this point, music is also used for national solidarity, such as national anthems; military exercise and even combat as among the Spartans who used to march out to a piper; entertainment as seen in popular music. As you can see, the use of music is manifold.

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Music is a form of expression and creation that can be found across every continent inhabited by humans and non-humans alike. Singing, a form of non-instrumental music, is used by many living beings on our planet. Humans and animals alike, such a whales, frogs, birds, mama pigs, etc, use singing to express emotions from joy to deep sadness, court a potential lover, tell stories, and communicate with offspring. Humans also use instrumental music in our creative expressions. Music can be used to inspire someone to action, be it a social cause or product promotion. It is an integral part of various human cultures and can be a universal connector while also representing our beautiful cultural differences.

Some types of instrumental and a cappella (vocal only) music are used in specific ceremonial and traditional settings, such as shamanic rituals, traditional dances, and spiritual/religious contexts, while other forms of music are played on a daily basis for the simple enjoyment of listening. Music can be used to express common themes of the human experience, such as love, loss, grief, anger, excitement, celebration, jealousy, etc.

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Music is a form of art used to play various roles in people’s lives. Music may be used for the purposes of communicating, entertainment, educational learning and ceremonials.

The purposes of music are as follows:

  1. Children’s songs for learning such as the alphabet and rhyming.
  2. Used to relay a personal story or ballad of happiness or sorrow.
  3. Purposes of entertainment played for an audience at concerts and various other live performances.
  4. Entertainers will play without an audience for personal enjoyment.
  5. Played as a therapeutic remedy to soothe the soul and release frustration.
  6. Religious purposes to set up the devotional atmosphere for congregational members during a church service.
  7. Played to go with dance movements.
  8. Music is very effective in creating commercial jingles for marketing campaigns to aid in selling products
  9. TV shows, commercials, and movies all use music to enhance viewer experience and engagement.
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