Dr. Pyne cautions that we no longer take music very seriously—we tend to think of it merely as something to bring us pleasure or as a form of entertainment. Music, however, has extraordinary power to teach and to shape how we feel. Through a discussion of rhythm, harmony, and modality, Dr. Pyne examines how music has played important roles in various societies throughout the history of the world and ultimately argues that the nature of music and the way in which humans respond to it point to its intelligent design.