The Value of Music Participation, Theme 4
We all know that music affects our emotions in many ways, calming, exciting, comforting and amusing us. There are physical reasons for this reaction. The mesolimbic system is a center for controlling pleasure is. It has been found that music activates this region, explaining why musical activity can arouse deep emotions and pleasure (Levitin, 2007). Sacks (2007). As early as 1819, Schopenhauer wrote that music “reproduces all the emotions of our innermost being, but entirely without reality and remote from its pain”.
Eleven of the twelve participants in my study talked about the emotional development that occurred when they performed music.
Theme 4: Using music as an outlet for healthy emotional development and expression
Here are statements from three of them:
Dave: [Music has] broadened my palate and given me more emotional colors than simply angry, happy, sad. You get that in-between and the flowing between.
Anna: My mom always said that when I got mad I would go into my room and she could tell how mad I was because the madder I was the faster I played. So instead of trying not to blow up at anybody I would just go play. I used it to express all kinds of emotions.
Jaymie: Music is a great way to release emotions and allow you to escape into another world.