December Blog 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
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).
The 12 college students I interviewed in my study offered this reason explaining why they continued to participate in music performance groups not related to their majors. Finding opportunities to use imagination and creativity through music. “Music can offer multiple opportunities for developing creativity and imagination” is a finding from research by Burton, Horowitz, and
Our society is obsessed with competitive sports. The high salaries paid to professional athletes, scholarship benefits at the collegiate level and the millions generated each year by sports franchises clearly demonstrate the value we place on team sports. Our schools and organized programs for kids also reflect this, with their demanding traveling and practice schedules.
I interviewed 12 undergraduate college students in my study asking why they continued participating in band and orchestra when their majors were in completely different fields. Here are more of their reasons. They recognized the stress reduction that results from the “flow experience” of producing music. The intense mental involvement described by Csikszentmihalyi as
Why would college students continue participating in band and orchestra when their majors were in completely different fields? What did they get from it? Why was the experience valuable enough that they would devote several hours a week to playing music? In a study I conducted in 2008, those were some of the questions I
Singing is an important part of childhood and of life. Here are some of the recognized benefits of singing: Increasing self esteem and confidence Encouraging feelings of well-being Strengthening concentration and memory. Developing the lungs Promoting good posture. Broadening expression and communication. Animating the body, mind and spirit. Enhancing mood Reducing stress Increasing positive feelings
Today, many people seem afraid to sing. Part of the reason may be that we are always comparing ourselves to an impossible standard set in recording studios by professional artists (who can fix their mistakes electronically!) It’s true that singing isn’t as common in schools as it once was, due to cuts in music programs.
The first musical instrument you have is your voice. It’s always with you, requires little maintenance and costs nothing! People have been singing for as long as history has been recorded. We sing for many reasons: to express emotions, to ease sorrow, to celebrate life events, to enjoy being part of a group, to tell
Many singers and lots of rock and jazz musicians do not read music. So why does music literacy matter? One reason is that research has shown the “brain gains” children receive from musical experiences are directly tied to reading and making music. Another is that brain imaging has shown 90% of the brain is active