Merriam's 10 functions of music

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1

Emotional Expression (can convey feelings or ideas - for example in a horror movie the music will follow certain characteristics to intensify the "fear")

2

Communication (music has specific rules like language that follow things like syntax. in our theory class when constructing phrases we referred to them as questions and answers)

3

Symbolic Representation

4

Enforcing Conformity to Social Norms

5

Validation of Social Institutions and Religious Rituals (many cultures of institutions have a song that embodies part of their individaul culture -fight song)

6

Contributes to the continuity and stability of culture

7

contribution to the integration of society

8

aesthetic enjoyment

9

entertainment

10

physical response (listening to fast-paced, upbeat music helps runners to run at a quicker pace)

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