Music and Its effects on Societies Emotions Intro: What do you feel when you hear a rapid drum beat? Or even the shivering sound of the low hum of a bagpipe? We all probably at one time turned on music to lift our spirits from a sad time in our life or even just to amp up our attitude even farther from a joyous occasion. What is it in music that causes different emotions to come out and affect our attitude? Well that’s a question that is still being researched but we have somewhat of a understanding of it.
Then we’ll take a look at three specific genres. Rock, folklore, and classical. 1. ) Music and the Brain. A. ) Music is processed in the right hemisphere of the brain * There are different neurons that respond according to what kind of music is playing. Music can effect hormones, encourage the production of cortisol, testosterone, and oxytocin. Music can even trigger a release of endorphins. (EvolutionEzine. com) * B. ) The Mozart Effect * University of California-Irvine did a test study of where they took three college groups.
The first group was assigned to listen to Mozart’s sonata for Two Pianos in D Major. The second group listened to just relaxing music while the third group didn’t listen to anything * After listening to music, the groups took a Stanford-Beinet reasoning test, and the groups who had listened to music had a higher score then the non-music group did. C. ) Benefits of Music affecting the Brain * Build new neural pathway growth – increase in your brain power * Balance the brain’s electrical activity – whole brain functioning * Improves your memory . ) Rock n’ Roll Music and Emotions A. ) A popular Genre that made it appearance strongly in the 1950’s B. ) Mainly focus revolved around the electric guitar with surrounding sounds and beats by the drums and bass guitar. C. ) Effects of rock 1. ) Sends your emotions on a roller coaster of highs and lows where one second you’re joyful and in sense rocking and then one second later your down in the dumps. 2. ) Rock can also cause a sense of chaos but also power to where you feel like you can do anything and that you’re invincible. 3. Some people believe this as the Devils music because they say if you play these songs backwards (backmasking) they carry a secret satanic message. Many People believe this is what causes the chaos emotions and a sense of power and anarchy in many people who listen to rock 4. ) Also with many concerts, many artists such as Ozzy Osborne and the Doors had experiences to where they couldn’t remember what happened A. ) Ozzy, known for uncontrollable and violent acts, confessed in an interview:”I really wish I knew why I’ve done some of the things I’ve done over the years.
I don’t know if I’m a medium for some outside source. Whatever it is, frankly, I hope it’s not what I think it is – Satan”. Ozzy Osbourne (Hit Parader, p. 24) 3. ) Folklore Music A. ) The term was first originated in the 19th century, which can also be called roots music. It is a traditional folk music and contemporary folk music. B. ) It is to focus on traditions, and cultured customs of the particular nation…. the name folk is derived from the German word volk which is to say “the people as a whole” C. ) A kind of folklore genre 1. ) Irish/Scottish Many think of jigs and rigs and tip tapping feet, but when you listen to the music each song has a history to it and a sense of driving power. * The culture of irish music was almost lost since a lot of irish men and women wanted to shed tradition and become anglo-saxon or more like Britain. * Wasn’t until the famine in the 1800’s when Ireland immigrants started coming over to America is when the music started back up and becoming popular. D. ) The emotions that come with Folklore Music 1. ) A sense of longing and a feeling of where you live, and your passion for the things you love. . ) Makes you paint a picture of the story it gives you 3. ) Folk songs reflect the emotions and values of the person writing the song, and are meant to inspire similar emotions in the listener. Modern folk songs still tell stories, just in a more modern fashion. 4. ) Classical Music a. ) Around the 11th century is when it started to arise and become traditionally known as a form of art. b. ) Commonly known composers of the era are Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart c. ) Classical music has many different emotions that comes with it d. ) Classical music e. Relaxing classical music is safe, cheap and easy way to beat insomnia1. Many people who suffer from insomnia find that Bach music helps them. Researchers have shown that just 45 minutes of relaxing music before bedtime can make for a restful night2. f. ) Classical music reduces sympathetic nervous system activity, decreases anxiety, blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate and may have positive effects on sleep via muscle relaxation and distraction from thoughts. Conclusion: So Music can invoke all different sorts of emotions ranging from anger and chaotic to peace and a calm mind.
So when you are sitting around or just walking somewhere listening to music just think of what emotion the song invokes in you Questions: 1. ) 8. 22 was the average WORKS CITED http://www. emedexpert. com/tips/music. shtml Hit Parader, Feb. , 1978, p. 24 EvolutionEzine. com Wade-Matthews, Max and Wendy Thompson. The encyclopedia of Music. Blackfriars Road, London, 2008 SONGS Rock Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train Folklore The High Kings- Marie’s wedding Celtic Legends – Irish drinking song Classical Mozart’s SONATA for TWO PIANOS Johann Pachelbel: Pachelbel’s Canon