World Music Training
The music of the world offers a wealth of knowledge for musicians, composers, and listeners. The more one discovers about a tradition, the more one can enjoy it. Further, training in world music traditions builds musical models in the brain, greatly benefiting musicianship and making the composer's palette all the richer.
Music can be broken down into the following components: rhythm, melody, tone color, and harmony. All music includes tone color and timing, as one cannot have a sound without those two elements. Most of the world's musical traditions also include melody, and many include harmony as well. The rhythmic and melodic aspects of the musical traditions of the world are a good place to begin one's studies. Timbre or tone color is often one of the first aspects of a musical tradition to be noticed by the uninitiated and many of the instruments in use in world music are very interesting subjects in themselves.
The fundamentals in primary school education are often described as the three R's: Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic. This world music training course concentrates on the three T's: Time, Tune, and Timbre.