Folk music is music which is transmitted orally or aurally (i.e. taught through performance and learned by ear rather than from printed or written material. This type of music is found in many of the world's societies and varies with each culture.
Relation to the Community
Folk music is often performed by members of the community who are not trained professionals. It is thought to be closely related to life activities such as work, religion, and child rearing. When a folk song is passed from singer to singer in a society, it tends to undergo changes which arise from differences in creativity, faulty memory and other societal variables. A folk song therefore tends to develop gradually over time. The process whereby many people participate in determining the shape of a song is called communal re-creation. In addition, folk music is affected by the art and society of nearby cultural centers.
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