‘Individual musicians’ considers the role and study of musicians in ethnomusicological research. Ethnomusicologists argue that musicians exist in all societies. Such musicians make great music which has intellectual, artistic, and cultural importance deserving of academic attention for what it tells us about why and how people are musical. They emphasize the social and cultural environment surrounding individual musical development rather than inborn skill. Social changes influence musical output. One effect of social change is that individuals are increasingly detaching themselves from their communities of origin. For this reason, ethnomusicologists deem individual musicians worthy of observation.