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Merriam's Functions of Human Musicality

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Richard Edwards

on 12 January 2015

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Transcript of Merriam's Functions of Human Musicality

Emotional Expression
Aesthetic Enjoyment
Physical Response
Enforcing Conformity to
Social Norms
Validation of
Social Institutions & Religious Rituals
Communication & Symbolic Representation
Continuity and Stability of Culture
Facilitating Social Interaction
Merriam's Functions of Human Musicality
Music expresses our deepest emotions in ineffable ways
"Music for music's sake." That which we find beautiful in music is a purpose to be musical.
Music is a vehicle to entertain and amuse us.
Music can express cognitive ideas
as well as feelings.
The elements of music can specifically
symbolize the elements of life.
Musical experiences can elicit a physical response via audiomotor neural networks in our brain.
Music can be used to guide social awareness for
expected behaviors and mores.
Music can attribute positivity and validity to the institutions, organizations, and phenomena it is associated with.
Music is a means of passing on cultural values and heritage (ethnic or group identity). Music provides a productive, stabilizing force for challenging experiences.
Music encourages harmonious social behavior between groups and individuals.
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