Effects Of Music Culture

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Music is a defining feature of culture, and likewise a loss of music culture can have a giant effect on an overall culture. This is the case in Cambodia, where the effects of the Khmer Rouge and the loss of both a musical and cultural identity have occurred.1 Due to this, there has been a movement to restore traditional Khmer music and other cultural art.2 Through a variety of studies, this situation has been documented to a large extent. The current research focuses on the nature of the music revival, the effects of modern day culture in Cambodia on traditional music, and the condition of primary education in Cambodia, and its relation to the survival of traditional music. Unfortunately, there is a large element that the current body of research misses out on. This element is the effect of traditional music education and restoration on restoring “a culture …show more content…
According to Alexis Anja Kallio & Heidi Partti, music education can be used as a political and powerful tool that can be used to teach certain national identities while ignoring other identities.15 When this effect of education is applied on a large scale, taking into account education 's large effect on musical revivals, it is easy how this could lead to large scale patriotism and a larger cultural revival. Kallio and Partti then recommend that Cambodia move its music education in the direction of “cultural cosmopolitanism,” which they say can bring Cambodia a culture that embraces of the cultural complexity between mono-cultural and trans-cultural ideologies.16 It is clear that Cambodia is going through a process of music revival, and despite the many challenges it faces, there is a bright future for it if there is an educational structure for it to work off of. It is also worth noting that the direction of this revival and the music education system in Cambodia can have a giant impact on the national culture as a

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