AP 3.1 INTRODUCTION
Music can be roughly divided into three basic categories:
Highly structured music, all parts composed/synthesized and notated, generally transmitted in concert and recordings
Folk music, generally preserved through oral/aural means
Music transmitted through various types of mass media, generally with great mass appeal
This appendix is not intended to be a comprehensive study of traditional music (also known as world music), but is instead a list of the multitude of music systems around the globe. The general definition of "world music" for the purposes of this text is folk music and the music of indigenous cultures, omitting the Western art music explored in Sound Patterns and any music generally considered to be popular music. The primary goal of this appendix is to provide hyperlinks to web pages with great amounts of information.
AP 3.2. AFRICAN CULTURES
African music is inextricably tied to the concepts of language and dance. Many African languages are tonal and shape the musical line; drums are even said to "talk". The definitions of dance and music are virtually identical in many African languages. The topic of music on the African continent is huge, with each region, culture, and tribe having separate traditions.
Links to African music on the internet
AP 3.3 AMERICAN CULTURES
The music of the America's divides into two types: music of the indigenous culture and the folk music that evolved from European tradition.
Links to Native American, North American, and South American music on the internet
AP 3.4 ASIAN CULTURES
The music of Asia covers the greatest geographical area and the greatest number of completely different cultures of any continent.
Links to Asian and Middle Eastern music on the internet
AP 3.5 EUROPEAN CULTURES
Europe is the birthplace of the Common Practice Period, but also has a great tradition of folk music.
Links to Western European and Eastern European music on the internet
AP 3.6 AUSTRALIAN AND OCEANIC CULTURES
Oceania is a loose confederation of cultures that share the common bond of being islands in the Pacific.
Links to Australian and Oceanic music on the internet
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