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Adendy Bastien

Jessica Lower

English Literature 1-2

8 February 2017

Music, something that is in our daily lives. Music is one of the best things out there. You'll catch yourself listening to music on the way to school, while you're doing homework, exercising and the list can go on and on and on. Music excites us, it brings back memories and even make us cry. It is an essential part of our society. It affects us all maybe positively or maybe negatively. Music has a huge impact on our mood, health,  and our brains. It has the ability to mold and shape our character. Me personally, I love music I'm listening to it all the time, there is not a second that goes by where I'm not thinking or listening to music. So it got me to wonder what more can music do? What affects does music have in our individual daily lives?

It has been proven that music influences humans both in good and bad ways. These effects are instant and long lasting. Music can also be used to change a person's mood, and has been found to cause like physical responses in many people simultaneously. For example researcher shows that depending on what type of music you are listening to your body will react to it. You will receive a rhythm and to that you the express what you are hearing even for babies once they reach the age where they can hear and respond they will always have a physical response to what they hear. Music also has the ability to strengthen or weaken emotions from a particular event such as a funeral. Music is a huge mood changer. It has such great influential abilities

and powers it's almost super natural. People perceive and respond to music in different ways. One thing I did get from my research from this site called Ludwigvanweb.com  was that when you listen to music one of the main thing that moves us is the rhythm or the beat. Rhythm is an important aspect of music to study when looking at responses to music. There are

two responses to rhythm. These responses are hard to separate because they are related, and one of these responses cannot exist without the other. These responses are:

The actual hearing of the rhythm.

The physical response to the rhythm.  

Rhythm organizes physical movements and is very much related to the human body.

Responses to music are easy to be detected in the human body. Classical music from the baroque period causes the heart beat and pulse rate to relax to the beat of the music. As the body becomes relaxed and alert, the mind is able to concentrate more easily. Furthermore, baroque music decreases blood pressure and enhances the ability to learn. Music affects the amplitude and frequency of brain waves, which can be measured by an electro-encephalogram. Music also affects breathing rate and electrical resistance of the skin. It has been observed to cause the pupils to dilate, increase blood pressure, and increase the heart rate. So when you body reacts to the music that will then affect your mood or emotions, which I mentioned earlier. There are many benefits from the mood changing powers of music. For me I hate waking up in the morning, I despise it with a passion. I feel like instead of feeling rested and energized ready to tackle the day. I feel as if all life from me has been withdrawn and sucked right out of

me. And to make it worse I don't eat breakfast. So how does music help in this situation? Well hormones related to that “get up and go” you feel in the morning begin to peak at around breakfast-time. Encourage this activity, along with your brain’s response

to it, by putting on some light, easy and cheery music shortly after you awaken each morning. What a great replacement for you eggs and bacon. My second problem is my anxiety. I have really bad anxiety especially with tests, I would study and study but when it would come down to the actual test I forget everything. Or writing papers I know I don't have time or space to fit into my schedule planner my anxiety goes through the roof. So the second benefit I found out was that anxiety and sadness/depression often go hand in hand, feeding on one another to lower your mood. So what you need to do is to set aside time each day to meditate to soothing music, such as classical music, soft rock, some soothing sounds of wind chimes, wind or soft tones, and me personally I love jazz it really calms the nerves.

If you struggle with studying for that one test or can't seem to remember that one vocabulary, I have fond a solution. During research I read that music can also help with memorization. You won't get it listening to trap music or rap and hip-hop, no, you get through classical music such as Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and Handel. So here's how it works for example, Mozart's music and baroque music, with a 60 beats per minute beat pattern, activate the left and right brain. The simultaneous left and right brain action maximizes learning and retention of information. The information being studied activates the left brain while the music activates the right brain. Also, activities which engage both sides of the brain at the same time, such as playing an instrument or singing, causes

the brain to be more capable of processing information. According to The Center for New Discoveries in Learning, learning potential can be increased a minimum of five times by using this 60 beats per minute music. For example, the ancient Greeks sang

their dramas because they understood how music could help them remember more easily ). A renowned Bulgarian psychologist, Dr. George Lozanov, designed a way to teach foreign languages in a fraction of the normal learning time. Using his system, students could learn up to one half of the vocabulary and phrases for the whole school term (which amounts to almost 1,000 words or phrases) in one day. Along with this, the average retention rate of his students was 92%. Dr. Lozanov's system involved using certain classical music pieces from the baroque period which have around a 60 beats per minute pattern. He has proven that foreign languages can be learned with 85-100% efficiency in only thirty days by using these baroque pieces. His students had a recall accuracy rate of almost 100% even after not reviewing the material for four years. One simple way students can improve test scores is by listening to certain types of music such as Mozart's Sonata for Two Piano's in D Major before taking a test. This type of music releases neurons in the brain which help the body to relax. There have also been scientists who have tested that listening to certain music such as Mozart while studying they test higher than the other students. This is known as the Mozart affect. I haven't tried this yet but I guess I will now for my SAT.

We know about the good things that music can do but what about the bad. Well now these days there are so many kids listening to music through their phones or iPads and iPods, and they have earphones or headphones which causes the parents to not be

able to hear what their children are listening to. In my generation there is a genre of music that suddenly became extremely popular with the youth, trap music. Trap music

glorifies drugs and alcohol, sex, and violence and you have little kids listening to this, but what are the affects of this genre? Research on popular music has explored several areas such as its effects on schoolwork, social interactions, mood and affect, and particularly behavior. Several theories have been developed to explain the relationship between music and behavior, and a number of studies have demonstrated that there is a relationship between music and emotions, regardless of age. There was a research or study that was done where they took an age group teens, middle aged like late 20's early 30's and everything else past that. So played a musical piece and throughout the musical piece they noticed that each one one of the test subjects had a reaction to what was being played. The older music appealed more to the older generation but the more new and recent music appealed to the teenagers, the middle group were kind of in between the two. Although the emotional response to music depends on the way it is presented, it is also true that it is closely related to the age of the listener and the experiences or preconceived ideas they bring to the music. The effect that popular music has on children's and adolescents' behavior and emotions is of paramount concern. There is particular concern related to the lyrics of some genres of music and their effect on children and youth. Researchers have also noticed that kids who tend to listen to such music with the wrong lyrics are then being molded into what they are listening to. They noticed that what they listen to they will begin to act upon what they listen to thinking that what they hear that's who they are. They don't know it but the are slowly being influenced by what they are listening to and as they are consuming the lyrics they become what their brain is digesting. So you really are what you eat. So if you are a parent I would suggest that you do know what your kids are listening to because it will have a major affect on their future, positively or negatively.

In conclusion, all I would say is that music is something that can be fully grasped or comprehended. It makes us do things we sometimes can't really explain, it influences us to do good or bad (hopefully good), changes our moods and feelings, and even benefit our health mentally and physically. Music plays an important key because I think that music helps mold us individually and also helps mold our society. It is such a huge part of our live and for many culture it is everywhere we go so there is no place we can go to escape the influence of music. It will always be a part of us.

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