As important as Music to everyone's lives, do they really realize the effect that it has on our society? Being present in society since the beginning of mankind, music is an extremely useful tool in the way we learn. Many spend many hours a day listening to music, whether they see it as a main activity or just as something to take up space in the background.
Music has a great impact on not only how humans think and act, but their intelligence as well. It has been proven that listening to music has been shown to positively affect ones mood and productivity. Simply, listening to music in the background while performing a task makes it seem much easier, or in some cases, it eases the strain of the activity. In addition to helping perform tasks, music is used as a distraction from stress by lifting the mood of the listener, and increasing their productivity in the process. If implemented into the classroom or workplace, the effect of music could improve test scores nationwide and increase productivity of the working class. By doing so music can be used as a stimulant to the intellectual and cognitive development to children, teens and even babies. However, it is possible that the memorization and counting beats may spur brain development, but would be minimal in the average listener.
The effects of music education are even greater. With music lessons, there are so many different facets involved, such as memorizing, expressing emotion, and learning about musical intervals and chords. For example, as a child takes music lessons, it greatly improves their comprehension of proportional math, which is of great importance in higher level mathematics. Also, the child will explore the lyrical rhythm and content of the music, understanding vocabulary, the musical language, all resulting in an improvement on both their reading and writing skills.
However, concerning failing students, music education has been shown to pull children from even the greatest depths of academic failure. It is found that the more they get involved with music the more that they will be able to see music as a way to express thought and emotion, make bonds with other musicians, and feel the need for self improvement. The self improvement will be affective both consciously and unconsciously in the classroom and in other areas of their life.
It is clear that music is a powerful force in human society. Listening to music has been shown to improve mood, increase productivity, and even encourage intellectual growth, all while music education is having an even greater effect. Music is a cornerstone of the human culture; it is a learning tool, a method of communication, and for most, a way of life. As such, music should be treated with respect.
Music is a language that goes beyond speech and letters - a living art that is almost mystical. This is where its emotional impact comes in. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven - without exception they live clearly and palpably in their music, and speak forcefully to us, purifying us, refining us, and awakening in us the highest joy and emotion.
- Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (via redrabbitmusicnyc)