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How does music impact our society?

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Cassandra Shifflet

on 12 December 2012

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How does music impact our society? Cassandra Shifflet Music washes away from the soul
the dust of everyday life Therapeutic listening In Heavens Air
By Samuel Hazo Inducing emotion Overview Many scientists and doctors find that
music helps brain trauma as well as
reducing pain and anxiety.

This is caused by neurons responding
differently, and also the release of
endorphins. A music therapist will treat a patient by either having them listen to, create, sing or have some involvement in music. Through this, patients are able to improve a certain part of their lives. This can also improve communication skills for those who have trouble expressing their feelings through words. Music has such a powerful affect on the brain that it can create emotions inside of you.
"Music is a recreative activity. Even if it is relaxing to listen to, the listener has to recreate its meaning, the feelings it expresses. It is the listener who gives life to the emotions in music." -Oliver Grewe In Heaven’s Air (2002) is about the letting go of a loved one from your hands into the hands of the universe, as well as the glorious transformation of the soul to the afterlife. Musically, this letting go occurs from measures 49 to 60, with material before measure 49 representing love on Earth and material after measure 60 representing love. At measure 60, the grand chorale symbolizes the soul’s arrival to the afterlife. -Berthold Auerbach Music exists in all cultures and has been a vital part of this since man walked the earth. In our society specifically, it plays an important role. In therapeutic means as well as communicating thoughts and feelings. It induces emotion by affecting your mood, behavior and concentration.

"Music is so beneficial in our society because of its ability to be so diverse yet has the ability to bring everyone together at the same time. Music is something people turn to in times of fear and panic, like in the sinking scene of the titanic. Music is an art that can inspire happiness, love, and change all at the same time. Music unites because of it's universal appeal and this unification can lead to progression of our society through the humanities and exploration of natural human capability as a nice contrast to current focus on economic and social ability"
-Michael Gayton Sources http://wynnliterature.weebly.com/in-heavens-air---samuel-r-hazo.html -Heavens air analysis
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/02/a-new-look-at-music-therapy.html -music therapy
http://www.exploratorium.edu/music/questions/goosebumps.html -goosebump explanation
Underlying messages can be sent
through piece of music. Whether it be political, religious, or a controversial issue, songs can affect someones opinion.
By advertising these opinions
it is easy for people to believe in what they hear, rather than formulate their own opinion.

Lifestyles also can be depicted in lyrics, People become influenced by this, especially younger generations.

Not only that, music
has the power to inspire an individual. It has the ability to open somones mind and express their feelings. Music is processed in the same part of the brain as language is. This can motivate you or even inpire creativity. Deep complex music can help you focus on intellectual thoughts. Music of different cultures directly reflects their lifestyles. It also may have a different purpose in their persepective. Every culture has its own concept of tonality, as well as its historical significance and theory.

"Concepts of popular and commercial music may be alien to many cultures. An understanding of pentatonic and tetrachordal musical systems is a point of beginning" wagner.edu "Music affects our society because most people are too lazy to go beyond whatever is on the radio, because they never think twice about what messages the music is portraying. What sells in the music industry is generally catchy, and vulgar. With these ideas being inside into people's heads unknowingly, they begin to accept the musical messages, positive or negative, as the acceptable 'status quo'"

Ed O'Malley
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