The Meaning of Music In Our Lives
Being aware of the impact of music means that we can use it to actually enhance our lives. Turning on the headset ,the radio or CD player can actually assist us in soothing our children, getting the baby to sleep, getting in the mood for love, relaxing at the end of the day, digesting our food and living happier more productive lives on a daily basis.
Thanks to research and those who have explored our connection with sounds and with our outer world we know that music can have effects upon us that are as strong as a drug. As we open to the possiblity of music outside of our cultural awareness we have an opportunity to grow. Musicology, or the study of music's impact upon us isn't really new but our awareness of it is.
What does this all of this talk about Musicology: a New World of Sound and mean anyway? Music does so much more than simply entertain us with its rhythm and beat, magically elevating or depressing spirit or mood. Music speaks a universal language that crosses all barriers. Put simply; people are united through music.
Most people are not consciously aware of the powerful effects of music on our lives. The reason for its immense power lies in the fact that it does not require words in order to communicate at all; as previously stated music goes beyond dialogue. It speaks to everyone at a primal level dating back to eons of lifetimes ago.
The new world of Musicology is partially defined as the effects of music on individuals or groups both small and large; includes physiological, movement, mood, emotional, cognitive thinking and behavioral responses. Music is one of those commodities that everyone experiences in their own unique and personal way. It is one of the most profound forms of communication that still exists today.
Effects of Music
The role of musicology or music in society today is indeed vastly varied but has been used extensively for therapeutic purposes including relaxation, lessening stress and alleviating pain. Music therapy as it is dubbed today has been used for generations by natives and ancient civilizations that date back as far as we can measure. Therapies using music can involve both listening to, actively making music and moving to the beat, sound and tone. It is effective because it promotes well-being through the production of endorphins. The proof of this claim is evident in many cases of elderly patients who have suffered from brain disorders and/or constant pain and have shown that music provides relief.
Music also plays an important role when it comes to developing fetuses in the womb. The effects of music on many an unborn baby soothed to sleep by music that permeates through the uterus wall. The type of music listened to by the unborn child affects it literally; a noisy tense experience versus a deeply calming one. Which is better? The meditative state promotes well-being, self-esteem and a positive bond between a mother and her developing baby.
Music teachers and musicians are well aware of the effects of music and the relationship that exists on all levels of music and the way society is shaped. Just as music plays an important role in individual human development; there is also evidence that it will continue to leave a musical trail as the human race develops further into the future.