Burmese music is rich with multiple influences, first and foremost, those of close neighbors like India, Thailand and Cambodia, but also for historical reasons, that of Great Britain. The traditional art of music is divided into two major types: open-air music and chamber music. Music is played outdoors on instruments with loud sounds such as drums or the oboe. It is played at religious festivals, classical dance shows and puppet shows.
As for chamber music which was formerly played at the court, it puts more emphasis on the sweet sounds of the harp and flute. Parallel to this secular musical art, the ancient development of bronze making in the South -East contributed to the creation of communication tools used widely in the practice of Buddhism and cults to various spiritual entities.