We are surrounded by sound – cars honking, birds chirping, fingers tapping, wings flapping, rain beating against window panes, waves dashing against the shore and so on. But music is more than just random sounds; it is an art form wherein a skilful musician puts sound and rhythm together to create a coordinated or unified composition. This purposeful organization of sounds, vibrations and silence is known as music. Music often creates atmosphere and/or expresses specific emotions, experiences and ideas, but is not necessarily pleasant or soothing.
The following collection of essays discusses music, its various aspects and genres in more detail.
Music often blends vocal and instrumental sounds arranged according to cultural (hence subjective) standards of rhythm and melody. It can be categorized as art music (Western classical music, Indian classical music, folk or traditional music) and popular or “pop” music (rock, jazz, rhythm & blues, dubstep, techno, country, hip hop, etc.) But all these forms of music have two things in common – they are human creations that appeal to the auditory sense – regardless of the style or period of history they belong to.
Studies have shown that music, especially classical music, has various benefits – It aids mental development in children and adults, as well as improves memory, mood, concentration and motivation.
The history of music is thousands of years old and can be traced back to prehistoric human cultures. Archaeologists have discovered the earliest prototypes of the drum and the flute dating back to the Palaeolithic Age. The ancient Egyptians and Africans used music for religious ceremonies and rituals. Despite sometimes being perceived as a mere superfluity, unnecessary to human existence, music is as popular today as it was when Palaeolithic man carved his first flute from animal bone.
The following compilation of essays on music discuss the topic in greater detail.
Music is “vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.” Music has been a big part of my life since before I was born. Music has influenced me in many big ways. I’ve created, reproduced, and listened to music. Music is more than just notes on a page, it is an experience to last a lifetime. I began listening to music at a very young age, and I have heard music since before I was born. Over the years, I have listened
Music is a category of art all of its own. It has a strong power (per se) because it complements the being. It is pleasing to us without our even noticing most times that this is what it accomplishes. Music is more satisfying than the feeling of working on a mathematical equation; it touches our souls and reflects us inwardly and completely. It is a precise construct and can’t be held in equal comparison with the visual arts. While music is neither an internalized contentment that cannot definitively
Abstract—Music is the art of combining sounds to produce a composition having rhythm, melody, or harmony. Mathematics is the scientific study of numerical patterns, quantity, and space. By the definitions of music and mathematics one tends to separate the two fields into separate categories. However, music and mathematics have more in common than one may think. From reading musical notes to the wavelengths of sounds, mathematics is always a part of music. This paper will focus on the connections
Music: Miracle Drug Or Human Language? Music, an essential component to mankind’s culture, is said to affect the intellect of humans in several different ways. Specifically, it’s affect on infants is more important than any other age group due to the brain’s plasticity at such a young age. Music can improve learning skills, test taking skills, concentration, heartbeat, and relaxation. Understanding the human brain is a great endeavor that countless scientists have spent lifetimes on. It will probably
In our current society, it is almost guaranteed that every person has in some way been involved with or influenced by music. Some take pleasure in it, some pursue it as a career, and others centre their lives on it. It is not uncommon to meet someone who has taken some form of musical tuition, learning the art of sound. This includes people such as myself, a dedicated pianist, taking lessons once a week for 9 years. The impact that musical tuition has on these students is near limitless, but what
At the beginning of the semester, we were asked to write about ourselves in a brief essay. I wrote about who I identified as, what my plans would be for the future and what role music played in my life. In my essay, I was a straight-A student, grew up in a small town, wanted to become a law student, and enjoyed singing as a tool for relaxation. Looking back on what I wrote, I am surprised at how much has changed in such a short period. My major has changed to Sociology, and I feel no need to pursue
Music is ubiquitous and we are exposed to it every day: in the elevator, on the way to work and on the university campus. We have all been exposed to music at least once in our lifetime. Music is inspirational, motivational and can help us focus. Music can help college students stay alert and focused when they are staying up late cramming for tests or writing English papers. The same can be applied to athletes and why they listen to music before a game. Athletes want to get in the "zone" and music
Music continues to be a colossal part of everyone’s lives and how we express our feelings and emotions. However, music is defined by sounds that are sung by voices or played on musical instruments. This definition alone does not create a full understanding of what music really is. Sounds with rhythm do not make the music but the emotional connection and the feelings that come along with it, do. As the audience listens to the songs that are played, they come to realize the connection they experience
Both music and mathematics have concepts, and special symbols. What is a musical key? What is a number? The meanings of things in both regimens are somewhat vague, unless you understand what they are. You cannot define a number, but you know what they are much of the time and you can use them. It is no different with a musical notion like a major key. Once you know what it means you can tell if you have found one, though you cannot figure out the definition of it still. There are many things in