The Value of Music Participation, Theme 5
Music has been used by composers for centuries as a nonverbal expression of emotions like joy, sadness, anger, and depression. A study by Nawrot (2003) found that even preschool children could match facial expressions with music that had been identified as happy or sad. Musicals and operas are great illustrations of how emotions can be turned into musical expressions of all kinds through songs. The entire American musical genre called the Blues relates directly to emotion. Students in my study clearly recognized this .
Theme 5: Relating to the emotion present in music itself.
Josie described how reassuring it was to find emotion in the music she listened to: “It makes me feel like there is someone else out there feeling just like I do.”
Dave said that music “is conveying some sort of emotion even if you’re not necessarily feeling the particular emotions that the composer had, you tend to follow along with the music.
Kristy told that it was important to her to know what the composer meant to express in the music she was playing: “I’ll play more expressively . . . and I’ll be able to play the music rather than just the notes.”
Steve described his emotional response to certain characteristics in music he performed: “Some of the [chord] progressions make it seem so right, make you feel all warm inside.
Brad concluded; “It isn’t just reading notes on a page, it has emotion to it.”