How music impacts us

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Emily Dvareckas

Music has the ability to bring people together and has a large impact on our everyday lives.

Kayla Ivan, Arts and Culture Manager

Whether you are a classic rock or classical music fan, it is clear that as human beings, we all are drawn to music. Some of us might have more musical knowledge than others and yet music has been a common denominator in connecting us all historically.

An article from www.sciencedaily.com titled “The story of music is the story of humans” notes that human beings have been creating music and singing for tens of thousands of years. Our common ancestor, the Neanderthals, had the full anatomy to be capable of making music with singing as well as creating music with animal bones, which dates back 40,000 years.

With this information and knowing the cultural impact that music has over us, especially when considering how focal music is in the everyday, such as hearing it in public places, waking up to it, listening to it while studying and playing it in social settings, it is obvious that music impacts us deeply.

Music has the power and ability to help us communicate and express deep emotions, especially in religious settings or while hearing a live performance. Music is connective and leads to bonding between groups and family members.

Jeremy Montagu, a former curator of the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments, spoke about the significance of music over our society within his piece in “Frontiers in Sociology.”

“It has even been suggested that music, in causing such bonding, created not only the family but society itself, bringing individuals together who might otherwise have led solitary lives,” Montagu wrote.

Considering these characteristics, music has a large impact on our overall way of life as we experience the world around us.

Our emotions and psychological state are also largely influenced by music. Listening to a tune can be incredibly relaxing for the mind since it is entertaining. It can also promote healthier thoughts and a healthier body with increased energy levels.

Music can promote better study habits — it impacts cognitive functioning with fast and slow songs promoting better memory. As part of the relaxing side of music, meditating with sounds or instrumentals playing can help you unwind and destress.

With improvements on our mood, sleep, endurance in exercise and so many other benefits, music truly has a big impact on us. As final assignments are approaching and the weather warms up, remember to listen to your favorite songs!