• How does music work? What are the components of music and how do they work together?
  • What role does music play in society? We ask how specific societies and cultures shape music, but just as importantly, we ask the reverse: how does music shape societies and cultures?
  • What is the relationship between different kinds of music, whether folk, popular or art music, or musics from different cultures? How do they influence each other and what are the pros and cons of these influences?
  • What is the relationship between traditional, grassroots, folk music and commercial popular music?