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Instrumental music can be found everywhere. Lacking lyrics and vocals, instrumental music is used as effective white noise, to set a certain ambiance and as a backdrop for speeches. Forms of instrumental music have existed for centuries, from the drums in Africa and Renaissance lutes to the computer-generated music of today. Instrumental music is composed with musical instruments without lyrics or vocals of any kind. The term instrumental music refers to modern instrumental music and is generally not classical.

The term "vocal media of music" refers to the different forms of musical communication that employ the human voice. For example, the song, the aria and the ballad cover a rich and diverse range of singing throughout history. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the word "vocal" dates to at least the 14th century and comes from the Latin word "vocalis," which means "uttered by the voice" or "relating to, composed or arranged for, or sung by the human voice." "Media" is the plural of "medium" and refers to the means of communication--in this case, singing.

A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. The most common of these is the piano. Other widely used keyboard instruments include multiple types of organs as well as other mechanical, electromechanical and electronic instruments. In common language, it is mostly used to refer to keyboard-style synthesizers.

A percussion instrument is any object which produces a sound when hit with an implement, shaken, rubbed, scraped, or by any other action which sets the object into vibration. The term usually applies to an object used in a rhythmic context or with musical intent.

The word "percussion" has evolved from Latin terms: "percussio" (which translates as "to beat, strike" in the musical sense, rather than the violent action), and "percussus" (which is a noun meaning "a beating"). As a noun in contemporary English it is described in Wiktionary as "the...