The Effects of Music

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2204 words
2204 words

Music is one of the few things that has remained constant through the centuries this world has existed. Not only does music provide entertainment, it also has several effects linked to it. Music allows emotions of happiness and sadness to arise. From those emotions, physical effects, negative or positive, can occur. Music has a profound effect on the emotional, social, intellectual, and physical aspects of a person. Emotions are easily affected by outside forces. Music can provoke emotions of sadness, grief, joy, and even ecstasy. There are several different aspects of music that change how a song is interpreted. From these interpretations come emotions. Among them is the tempo, which is the speed of the song. If a song is sad, the tempo is often slower. If a song is meant to be happy, the tempo is quick and light. If the intention of a song is to bring about fear, it is either extremely slow and eerie or quick and adrenaline pumping. Another factor of interpretation is the key it is in. A key is, “a particular scale or system of tones” ( There are 24 different keys that are separated into two categories. These categories are major and minor. The major are made up of more sharps, and the minor of more flats. The major key is used to express feelings of joy and happiness. The minor key however, is used to express feelings of sadness, depression, and regret. When the two are awkwardly combined, the key of the music changes to neither minor or major, and is referred to as a dissonance. A dissonance is defined as, “a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of unrest and needing completion” ( When a passage of music uses a dissonance, the ultimate goal is to create ... ... middle of paper ...>. Savill, Agnes. "Music and Letters." Physical Effects of Music. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan 2012. . UCP, . "Benefits of Music for Children with Special Needs: Tips for Parents and Educators." United Cerebral Palsy. N.p., 2012. Web. 12 Jan 2012. Vaidya, Geetanjali. "Music, Emotion and the Brain." Serendip. N.p., 2004. Web. 7 Jan 2012. . Weir, Kirsten, and Debbie Nevins. "Music And Your Mind.. (Cover Story)." Current Health Kids 34.1 (2010): 10-12. Health Source - Consumer Edition. Web. 9 Jan. 2012. Wicke, Roger W. . "Rocky Mountain Herbal Institute." Effects of music and sound on human health . N.p., 2002. Web. 14 Jan 2012.

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  • Explains that music is one of the few things that has remained constant through the centuries this world has existed. music allows emotions of happiness and sadness to arise.
  • Explains that music can provoke emotions of sadness, grief, joy, and even ecstasy.
  • States that music therapy is used to increase self-esteem, make mood changes, and boost communications levels.
  • Explains how eugene canby tested wheat and how dorothy retallack researched the effects of music on plants.
  • Evaluates the effect of music-based imagery and musical alternate engagement on the burn debridement process.
  • Explains that music therapy can help people explore feelings and self-esteem, make positive emotional changes, improve communication, problem solving skills, social interaction, and bring about positive behavioral changes.
  • Explains how music affects the brain in different ways. king george vi had a stammer and went to lionel logue for help.
  • Explains that music can be a strong tool for learning and eventual memorization. children can connect music to shapes, numbers, state names, etc.
  • States that amta,. "music therapy and individuals with diagnoses on the autism spectrum." american music therapy association.
  • Describes the benefits of music for children with special needs.
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