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How Has Music Shaped Culture?

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Transcript of How Has Music Shaped Culture?

Music
Culture?
How
Shaped
Has
From the beginning of time, people have been expressing themselves through music as a vital part of their culture and lifestyle. Music is something that has always had a strong impact on people and the world. There is something about music that is very moving, it can change people, it can shape who they are. Music is so strong, it can shape a culture. I am going to be showing you how music impacts culture and why.
Why Does Music Have Such an Effect on People?
Melody and rhythm can trigger feelings from sadness to serenity, to joy to awe.
They can bring back memories- remembrance of things in the past.
Music triggers activity in the brain, where the pleasure chemical is released.
Music activates the part of the brain that is involved in processing emotion, as well as the areas involved in abstract decision-making.
Bibliography
What is Culture?
Culture
The beliefs/customs/arts/ways of living in a particular society
The arts-
music, art, literature.
Group of people with similar beliefs and ways
defined by....
Characteristics of a particular group of people...
language
religion
cuisine
social habits
music
arts
The main aspects of culture that I will be focusing on are lifestyle, emotion, social behavior of a particular society or group of people and the unition of people. To me, culture is the similar characteristics of a group of people, based on how they were brought up. These factors above are what make up a culture. If a group of people follow these factors in their own unique ways, they make up a culture, a way people live by.
emotion
The average teenager spends four to five hours a day listening to music and watching music videos.
Did you Know?
Music has, and continues, to be a cultural necessity around the world. Now, because of modern technology, it is even more accessible, especially with the introduction of iPods, mp3's, Smart Phones, and online digital music streaming programs like spotify and pandora.
Music Unites People:
People, who like the same type of music, tend to hang out together. This is because they have something in common.
Unites people and culture of all different shape and sizes.
No matter how different music is in different parts of the world, it seems that music always serves a common purpose, which is to bring people together.
Creates Social Groups
Music is created by culture and music creates cultures.
Lifestyle:
Behavior:
Emotion:
Language:
Good VS. Bad
- Music is fundamental to our experience of being human.

Imagine watching a thriller movie. It wouldn’t be the same without the tense and suspenseful music at the crucial moment.
Just like a nice meal would lose its appeal if it were accompanied by heavy metal music.
- Whenever humans come together for any reason, music is there.
- Music is everywhere!
Music can influence the way we dance, dress, and talk.
Music can have either a positive or negative affect on the person listening, especially youth who are still growing and learning.
For example, violent lyric content and music can negatively affect human behavior.
It seems that music, more than anything else, is capable of both bringing people together and tearing them apart.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once observed, "music is the universal language of mankind."
Music exceeds the limits of language. For example, the English language is vast, but limited. Music makes up for this gap and is used, as it's own language, to express ourselves..
The unique thing about music is that you cannot see it. Despite this fact, music is deeply moving and it touches the souls and hearts of humans.
Music is a way of representing every aspect of human experience. It can represent joy, confusion, anger, despair, and so on.
“Music written well, reaches beyond touch, beyond the empirical, and beyond emotions to touch our souls in a mysterious way to get at that which we don’t see and don’t fully know.” - Standford

There is something about music, something that can touch or twist one’s soul.
"Music can make a good mood better and allow us to escape or 'work through' a bad one,".
Music can alter and intensify moods, affect a person’s use of language- their slang- dominate their conversations and provide the atmosphere at their social gatherings. Music styles define the crowds and cliques nowadays.
Plato and Socrates
“Give me the songs of the nation and it matters not who writes it’s laws.”
-- Plato

Plato asserted that the purpose of the arts was to help shape emotions properly, so that the young would grasp virtues.
Abraham Lincoln
“Who writes the nation’s songs shapes the nation’s soul”

Ancient philosophers such as Socrates and Plato recognized the importance of music on culture. Socrates is quoted as having said “Let me control the music of a nation, and I care not who makes it’s laws.”
-- Socrates
"Music is an expressive language of culture. It tells a story, expresses ideas, offers opinions and shares emotions from life experiences."
-- Unknown

“Music itself is a language that speaks to the heart and can encourage order or disorder.
-- Eric Genius
Interviews:
I interviewed Mr. Setälä and Mr. Allen, as they are both music teachers from ISH and have experience teaching in international schools. I thought that with their experience, they could have concluded a lot of things about music and culture over the years. The interviews were very helpful; it was interesting to see their different approach to answering the questions.

Both agreed that the most influential music genre nowadays is pop music.
Music is “like a culture of it’s own”.
“Popular music, all the time, creates different fashions. For example, if a band dresses in a certain way then the fans would follow. That is influencing.”
Also, if you do not really like pop music, since it is always playing on the radio, you are sort of forced to listen to the music and it influences.

Another similarity was when I asked for their opinions on music being a universal language.
With music, “you can write it, you can read it, and you can listen to it” just like any other language.
“With music, you can enjoy it, you can listen to it, as a listener but not necessarily as a creator.”
No matter which country you come from, or which language you speak, music is the same and can be understood and created everywhere in the world.
Conclusion
In conclusion, music is not only a reflection of culture, but even more a major force in shaping culture.
Whether or not you consider yourself a musician, most likely you have tried humming, singing a melody, or finding your own tune or beat- these are all the first signs of composing music. We all do this, becuase music is a natural part of being human.
Music allows us to rediscover our humanity, and our connection to humanity. "When you listen to Mozart with other people, you feel that somehow- we're all in this together". This is the affect that music has on us. It brings people together. Music is so powerful, it definitely could have one of the most influential affects on humans.
Not only has music helped shape culture, but in the past it has also been used as a device to share vital stories and myths with young minds, passing down tribal histories. In this way, music was used to carry on a culture and to teach young minds how their lives should continue. Music has helped with the continuation of an ancient history, without music, the culture would have been forgotten, but instead they became traditional songs of the culture and helped from a culture for that specific group of people.
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