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Essay On Power Of Music

The Power of Music Essay

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The Power of Music

Music is the expression of emotion through the medium of sound. From the very first moment a human heard a songbird and endeavored to recreate that beauty, or beat on a hollow log and found the rhythm compelling, music has become the most powerful freedom given by God. Music, in itself, is a characteristic common and unique to all cultures throughout the world. Every culture in history includes music as an important part of everyday life. Music, as a part of culture, will most often have more roles to play than a source of auditory pleasure. According to anthropologist, Raymond Firth, "They have work to do, to serve as funeral dirges, as accompaniments to dancing, or to serenade a lover."(p171) However, the…show more content…

Often there is a radio blasting some rhythmically driving "Rock and Roll" song. (Rock and Roll is a direct offspring of the blues) A friend of mine, who is a carpenter, explained to me this way; "You're just out there workin' and gettin' all sweaty, and listnin' to the music, and pretty soon you're still workin' but you don't know it cause' your mind is somewhere else." Music can create a tight fraternity among groups of people. Music is often used in the military to organize and coordinate the movements of large groups of people. Short rhythmic melodies, called cadences, are sung by soldiers as they are marching in order to keep a common time and a constant beat. Music has even been used as a form of secret communication in small groups. B.B. King, a legendary blues singer, recalls stories passed down from his great-grandmother, who was a slave. " They [the slaves] were also delivering messages in musical code. If the master was coming, you might sing a hidden warning to the other field hands...that was important to the women because the master could have anything he wanted." (King and Ritz,p110) A societies music is what holds it together as a group. According to Edward O. Wilson, a Harvard socio-biologist; "Singing and dancing serve to draw groups together, direct the emotions of the people, and prepare them for joint action." (p564) In many tribal cultures, ritualistic singing

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The Power of Music Essay

2579 Words11 Pages

The Power of Music

Everyone knows the story of the Piped Piper of Hamelin. He had the ability to hypnotize people with his flute by playing the most enchanting music. But he's just myth, right? No one has the power to charm people with music. Well, you'd be surprised. Throughout history, music has always been recognized for its calming and almost hypnotic effects on the human mind, and for its ability to rouse and inspire the spirit. Only recently has science uncovered the truth about music. Researchers have long suspected that music affects the brain in the most profound ways, and now they finally have evidence to back up that theory. Such an interesting topic definitely deserves further exploration. Come with me on this…show more content…

Music's calming effects can extend to children as well, as directors at Young Imaginations have seen for themselves. Young Imaginations is a private arts agency that provides music programs for 30 California schools. Executive director Marianne Locke speaks of their findings: "When we play traditional Japanese and Chinese music or other slow pieces and pair them with movements, such as yoga and T'ai Chi, the children become calmer and more able to focus their attention." (Cassidy 48) Following up on this observation, the organization is setting up an independent study to determine if children are calmer and perform better on certain learning tasks when exposed to slower and calmer pieces of music. In a separate and totally unrelated study, Harvard researcher Jerome Kagan reported a very interesting finding. "If you present an interesting visual stimulus to a baby, it becomes aroused and begins to move its arms and legs," Kagan noted. "[However,] if you play some music that interests them, they do the opposite - they quiet down. There is a very different psychological reaction to sound." (Knox A6) Music's affect on children have only recently been documented and published. Although the aforementioned calming effects of music have not been explained by scientists, they now know that the brains of infants are capable of extraordinary feats. New research shows that brain development is largely unfinished at birth and that the stimuli a

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