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Music Around the World: Music of Asia

Updated: Feb 25, 2023

The music of Asia is a vast and diverse musical tradition that encompasses a wide variety of styles and instruments, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the region. Music in Asia is deeply connected to the social and cultural customs of its people, and it often serves as an important part of religious ceremonies and social events.

One of the most significant elements of Asian music is its use of traditional instruments, many of which have been in use for thousands of years. These instruments vary widely depending on the region and culture, but some of the most popular ones include the sitar, tabla, erhu, shamisen, and pipa. Asian music is also known for its intricate melodies and rhythms, often featuring improvisation and ornamentation by the performers. Many Asian musical styles also use distinctive vocal techniques, such as throat singing, which involves producing multiple pitches simultaneously. Some of the most popular Asian musical styles include classical Indian music, Chinese opera, Japanese traditional music, and Indonesian gamelan music. These styles are often associated with specific regions and have their unique characteristics, including elaborate costumes, dance, and storytelling.

In recent years, Asian music has gained popularity on the global stage, with many Asian artists achieving international success and recognition. This has helped to raise awareness and appreciation for the rich musical traditions of the region and has contributed to the growth and development of the global music industry.

Music Lesson Plans: Music Around the World (Asia)


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