Music appreciation is teaching people what to listen for and
to appreciate different types of music. Usually music appreciation classes
involve some history lessons to explain why people of a certain era liked the
music that they did. "Appreciation," in this context, means the
understanding of the value and merit of different styles of music.
Music education is taught so commonly because of the growing studies done on children who have had a musical background versus ones who are brought up without one. Music has been shown to increase brain function as well as brain stimulation. Music education is a field of study associated with teaching and learning music. It touches on all learning domains, including the psychomotor domain (the development of skills), the cognitive domain (the acquisition of knowledge), and, in particular and significant ways, the affective domain (the learner's willingness to receive, internalize, and share what is learned), including music appreciation and sensitivity. Music training from preschool through post-secondary education is common in most nations because involvement with music is considered a fundamental component of human culture and behavior. Music, like language, is an accomplishment that distinguishes us as humans.