Music from the Beginning

Music from the Beginning
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     challenging words:    bach, country-rock, jukebox, ragtime, worldwide, percussion, jazz, musical, archaeologists, based, classical, music, imitation, public, works, history
     content words:    Native American, United States, New Orleans, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, World War II, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry

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Music from the Beginning
By Sharon Fabian

1     There was music before there were people to listen to it. Birds sang. Wind whistled, and ocean waves crashed in a steady rhythm.
2     People have probably made music since their earliest days on earth too. Maybe the first human music imitated the sounds of nature. Humans may have created songs in imitation of the sounds of other creatures. Once people had words to speak, maybe they also had words for songs. Simple hunting tools might have served as early percussion instruments. Simple flutes made from hollowed bones have been found that date back to 10,000 BC.
3     Archaeologists have found evidence that music was played in ancient civilizations including ancient Egypt and Babylonia. Since early music was not written down, the earliest evidence of music is in the form of pictures showing musicians and musical instruments. Evidence of written music from the later BC years has also been found.

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