Music is the organized movement of sounds through a range of time. Music plays a great role in our life, and it exists in a large number of styles, each representing a particular area. Clearly, music is not easy to define, and yet historically most people have or not a given sound is musical. A proper consideration of music should involve the musical sound itself; but it should also deal with the concepts leading to its existence, with its particular forms and functions in each culture, and with the human behavior that produces the sound.
Although music has been a historical hit parade, since vey ancient times, modern science testifies to the fact that some of the networks in the human brain seem to be exclusively dedicated to music. This has also encouraged neuroscientists to rethink their ideas on the nature of intelligence. To pick a commonplace example: listening to their favorite tune can help children/adults work better with words, math’s, and also make an improved effort in sport. That’s not all. Expand your creative instincts, boost your IQ/EQ, control pain, motivate etc., too. In other words, music is a great way to manage your psyche for success.
What has been most exciting, today, is the discovery of effect of music on the brain. Music, researchers suggest, might derive more cognitive powers from its unique ability to access both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Says Elizabeth Miles, a noted ethnomusicologist: “Maybe, be you think of yourself as left brain if you’re analytical or word-driven type or right-brain if you’re creative or visual. In general, the left brain handles symbolic activities, like language and logic, while the right brain is responsible for direct perception, including spatial tasks and abstract intuitive leaps.”
New studies have shown that listening to music increases the coherence between different areas of the brain. It is like using your computer RAM—to detect and predict patterns that activate many cognitive processes. As Noble laureate physicist Brain Josephson outlines: “Music is like atoms in terms of quantum theory.” He proposes parallels between DNA and music ideas, and also theories that music stimulates a primary level of consciousness. Not only that. Josephson likens balance-imbalance conditions in bio-systems to the tension and release patterns found in music and, suggest that music models the maintenance of balance for the human organism.
Appropriate music, especially classical, do not disturb us, in fact they can actually improve reading comprehension in children, and adults. Reason? Music plumbs our mental potential like no other. It can significantly raise spatial and temporal reasoning, vocabulary, facts, formulae skills, and concentration. The idea is self-explanatory. Music, played at the backdrop of your mind’s ear, especially when your child’s, efforts. It also has the ability to increase your physiological arousal, because the basis for utilizing music to fine-tune your brain is simple. As a matter of fact, the ear is the nervous system.
Hence, sound is our first source of information about the world. After we are born, the primary function of the auditory system is orientation and self-defense: one that is designed to detect, locate, and identify sound, and then integrate such signals into propulsive behavior for self-preservation.
The most ubiquitous use of music, however, is as a part of religious ritual. Some tribal societies use music to communicate with supernatural beings and its prominent use in modern Christian and Jewish services may be a remnant of just such an original purpose. Another, less obvious, function of music is social integration.
Music may serve as a symbol in other ways, as well. It can represent extra musical ideas or events (as in the symphonic poems of the German composer Richard Strauss), and it can underscore ideas that are verbally presented in operas (notably those of the German composer Richard Wagner), in film and television drama, and often in songs. There are other advantages too. Music is more powerful than herbs; it has a great healing properties. Music not only stimulates the emotional centre of our brains, but also our long-term memory. So, playing soft background music—or, what is called Focus Music—especially quiet classical melodies, at the work place, or, while studying—is a very effective strategy for many people.