Music is a huge part of human culture, past and present. It has the power to activate every part of the brain. Music can also affect our vibration, and our behavior but most importantly, our brain. Professional musicians have stronger communication between brain hemispheres, superior working memory and are better in subjects like reading and math. People tend to listen to music whilst they are doing something to pass the time. What they don’t know is that their brain is still memorizing words and sentences at the same time as their mind is listening to music. There is meaning in music and it can be use to communicate things and induce people to act a certain way. As author I. Clifford Rose writes in Neurology of Music: “Music, rather than simply being a complex sonic pattern produced and received for aesthetic or hedonistic end, can better be interpreted as a communicative medium.” Meaning that music is not just sound it is a form of communication that is used throughout the world in many different ways.
In recent scientific studies, it has been shown that music can modify the brain structure. A study of the university of cornwall has shown that listening to heavy metal music induces people to be less sociable and lowers their willingness to do things for the common good. However if they are introduced to upbeat music it can bring a positive effect on ones teamwork ability. “With listening to upbeat music, it helps them tune out the static in ones voice so you can understand them better.” states Kraus in the article, Get Engaged by Julie Deardorff. People who like the same music can most times share similarities in likings.
It states that our brains will not stop developing till our late twenties early thirties. Our minds are constantly being changed day to day from the music that we listen to. People who listen to heavy metal tend to be calmer where as the people who listen to something like hip hop it helps. Hip hop explains the person’s life so most people can relate to hip hop more than heavy metal. Most heavy metal songs don’t really make sense because they scream a lot. In hip hop you generally understand what they are saying because it is more clear and most rappers rap about their life and how they grew up and what they went through. The more people tend to connect with one another the more they will be willing to work together against or on something.
A person’s mind is so much more capable than what most people take it as when it comes to multitasking. They can be working on cleaning the house and nine times out of ten they would think that they finished it fast because their mind is focused on the music rather than the task at hand. While it easy to multitask it is also easy to get sidetracked meaning if they start to really like the music that they are listening to they will spend countless hours on finding a new song with the same upbeat tone. It is both a gift and a curse which is said in the article ‘The Need To Minimize Distractions’ by Michigan State University. While it is very rare that you are able to do multiple things that require thinking you find your mind jumping from one thing to the next instead of doing them both at the same time. The people who are able to both things without even thinking are considered very gifted.
1.Music helps learn new things:
Music in a different language tends to teach people long after the time period where there brain has stopped developing. Songs in a different language help you learn a new language if you like the song you will want to know what it means and then look it up and sing it.
2.Music helps babies grow healthy:
Music can also make a positive effect in child development, the amazing effect a melody has on the mind starts even before birth. Recent studies have shown that children exposed to classical music in the womb exhibit a positive change in physical and mental development after birth. Companies still continue to market classical music to parents of children so they can listen their way to greater intelligence. (Peter Van Eerden 2017)
3. Playing an Instrument Makes you smarter:
The brain seems to be a sponge for music and, like a sponge in water, is changed by it. The brain’s left and right hemispheres are connected by a big trunk line called the corpus callosum. When they compared the corpus callosum in 30 non musicians with the corpus callosum in 30 professional string and piano players, researchers led by Dr. Gottfried Schlaug of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston found striking differences. The front part of this thick cable of neurons is larger in musicians, especially if they began their training before the age of 7. (Begley,Sharon 2000)
The ability of music to trigger memories of one’s own life experiences is, for many people, an everyday occurrence. This article uses material from an in-depth qualitative study of adults’ memory narratives, which reveals the potential for music to encapsulate memories and associated affect on a scale that extends from singular moments to collections of memories situated within distinct temporal boundaries. (Istvandity, Lauren 2014
Begley Sharon: “Music on the mind”. Newsweek, July 24 2000
Julie Deardoff: “Get Engaged: Involving students show greater gains in speech processing, reading, December 16 2014https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2014/12/how-music-class-can-spark-brain-development/
Istvandity, Lauren: The lifetime soundtrack Popular Music History August, 2014 Volume 9 Issue 2
Peter Van Eerden Will Listening to Music While Pregnant Make Your Baby Smarter? August 28 2017https://news.sanfordhealth.org/childrens/will-listening-to-music-make-your-baby-smarter/