MUSIC ANTHROPOLOGY – Music functions

For Alan Merriam (1964), ethnomusicologist, music is to be studied from the relation it has with society and understood as human behavior. His studies are recurrent regarding his worry for music to be understood as a mean of communication among cultures, as a physical and social behavior, and as a way towards conceptual knowledge structured by a group. Likewise, it is also necessary to understand the different uses and functions music can have in a society; entertainment, aesthetic enjoyment, contribution to social integration, and expression of emotions are just some of the functions proposed by Merriam.