Music of Thailand

In a country where the most revered ritual in classical music pays homage to music teachers, it comes as no surprise that music is a fundamental part of culture and society in Thailand. The name of this country means "land of the free," and it is the only country in Asia never colonized by Europe. It is located in Southeast Asia and bordered by Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia. Most of the population is Thai (75%), but there are minority groups of Malays, Chinese, Laotians, Hmong, and others.

Education is prized in Thailand-98 percent of school-age children attend school and 96 percent of the population is literate. Music is an important part of children's education as well, and many Thai people can play one or two traditional Thai instruments. Folk and classical music form the foundation of traditional music culture in Thailand, and although they have been partially eclipsed by popular music of late, they still play an important role more broadly in Thai culture.

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