This text on music encompasses a great deal of information on how music is produced (both instrumentally, as well as vocally, and via formal written music), and the history of musical forms. While it would be impossible to cover every aspect of music in terms of history, genres, and cultural significance, this book provides the tools to discover the key history and development of the forms we are most familiar with today.
These chapters are excerpts from the original textbook which is linked in the Attributions:
Boggs, Jean and Chamberlain, Anne. "Discover the Arts, vol.1: Intro, Visual Art, Music and Dance". OER Commons. Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, 08 Aug. 2017. Web. 08 Jul. 2020. <https://www.oercommons.org/authoring/22157-discover-the-arts-vol-1-intro-visual-art-music-and>.
Boggs, J., & Chamberlain, A. (2017, August 08). Discover the Arts, vol.1: Intro, Visual Art, Music and Dance. OER Commons. Retrieved July 08, 2020, from https://www.oercommons.org/authoring/22157-discover-the-arts-vol-1-intro-visual-art-music-and.