There is a significant overlap of sectors of New Age music, [[ambient music]], [[classical music]], [[jazz]], [[electronica]], [[world music]], [[Chill out (music)|chillout]], [[space music]] and others. The two definitions typically associated with the New Age genre are:
* New Age music with an ambient sound that has the explicit purpose of aiding meditation and relaxation, or aiding and enabling various alternative spiritual practices, such as alternative healing, Yoga practice, guided meditation, [[chakra]] auditing, and so on. The proponents of this definition are almost always musicians who create their music expressly for these purposes.ref Prominent artists who create New Age music expressly for healing and/or meditation include , [[Deuter]], [[Steven Halpern]], [[Dean Evenson]] who in 1979 was one of the first to combine his peaceful flute music with the sounds of nature, [[Lawrence Ball]], and [[Karunesh]].
* Music which is found in the New Age section of the record store.ref This is largely a definition of practicality, given the breadth of music that is classified as "New Age" by retailers who are often less interested in finely-grained distinctions between musical styles than are fans of those styles. Music which falls into this definition is usually music which cannot be easily classified into other, more common definitions, but often includes well-defined music such as [[worldbeat]] and [[Flamenco]] guitar. It also includes expressly spiritual New Age music as a subset. There are retail outlets, that specify subcategories such as Nature Sounds, Healing, Piano, Chants, and so on. [[Amazon.com|Amazon]] includes also Celtic, Meditation, World-dance, and Relaxation, and [[iTunes Store]] includes Nature, Environmental, Healing, and Travel, besides other subgenres. The German new-age site Silenzio lists almost 70 subgenres.