judging music by its relationship to our own cultural experience
folk music
music created by amateurs for their own community’s enjoyment
popular music
music created by professionals for mass audiences
art music
music created by professionals but profit is less important than depth of expression
world music
marketing term for non-Western music
sounds of other cultures are used for their novelty or stereotypical
symbolic value
study of music history (primarily history of Western art music)
music theory
analysis of musical systems and compositions
study of music as part of a people’s way of life