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The Origins of Music The Origins of Music
The Natural World Science and Music
Introduction Music Imitating Nature Composers & Birdsong But is it Music? Music of the Spheres Science & Music Does Nature Sing? Activities



An introduction to the relationship between composers, science and the natural world.

This fascinating feature by Dr Graeme Watson, with contributions from Matthew Keane, will be of direct interest to Music, Science and RE teachers among others. We are therefore also making it available on the REEP (RE and the Environment Programme) website.

Further information on this subject can be found in the New Scientist magazine.
What was the first music?
Two stones clapped together to make a rhythm? Feet stamping on the ground?
Or perhaps just the clapping of hands.

When did music begin?
Perhaps it all began with the dancing, drumming and chanting at religious ceremonies. Such rituals seem to stretch back towards the beginning of human consciousness. But, in the end, there is no way we can ever know for certain.

Whatever its origins, music is one of the most important ways we have of giving expression to - and creating - emotion. Love, of course, and our wonder at the natural world, all these feelings can be expressed through music.


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Introduction
Music Imitating Nature - Composers & Birdsong - But is it Music?
Music of the Spheres - Science & Music - Does Nature Sing?
To Think About and Do