What is Music
Music is the art of combining tones in a manner to please the ear. It may also mean sounds so combined as to make a pleasant impression on mind all sound. However is not music . It is only when the sounds (combined) produce harmony and melody and please the ear that they become music.
Henry wordsworth says “music is the universal language of mankind”
Victor Hugo says “music expresses that which cannot be said and which it is impossible to be silent”
The connection of music with human life is multi dimensional inspired by the colorful flowers of the spring. Musicians created beautiful seasonal ragas namely vasant, bahar and hindol and so on .The rainfall of the rainy season also animated musicians to create varities of raga Malhar. Musicians created these seasonal ragaswith a view to express the mood of particular seasons. For this purpose , composition of these seasonal ragas were made and being made till now to depict the nature during particular period of year.
Music is the pleasant sound(vocal or instrumental)that leads us to experience harmony and higher happiness .Music is an essential part of human life .
Music also influences how we think others will get along. In one study shows that, participants listened to music or to silence while they watched videotapes in which three people were seen walking either in step or out of step with one another. When asked to rate levels of rapport and sense of unity among the three walkers in both conditions, the participants who listened to music perceived a greater rapport and unity among the walkers than those participants who didn’t listen to music. This suggests that music somehow strengthens our perception of social cohesion among people, perhaps through mistaking our own feelings for those of the people we observe.
The bridge between music and human beings may be traced back to the primitive society, where a man found himself contained by making vocal sound in diverse manners. May be making vocal sounds, men received administration of others and gained recognition.The role of music in human life can be described as follows
Role of music in child education:
Many experts agree that “with music lessons because there are so many different faced involved such as memorizing expressing emotion and learning about musical interval and chords, the multidimensional nature of the experience may motivating to the I Q effect”. Understanding the vocabulary and rhythm of the musical language may allow them to improve both their reading and writing skills. So, in effect, an education in music will aid the child in what are considered by many to be the two most important and fundamental areas of study. According to Plato music is an important aspect of education. He also associated different styles of music with different feelings and character He advocated a rigid control of music . Children should be exposed to, only rhythms which infuse courage and discipline.
Role of music in medical Science:
In the modern world music has gained an honorable designation of “healing without medicine” .Doctors feel that music therapy has been helping them in treating many people with problem like dementia, dyslexia, depression and trauma “Many children with learning disability and poor co-ordination have been able to learn and respond to set pieces of music . Many people with genetic disability have found a new light in the form of music. So no doubt music can be compared to mother’s love. Just as child forgets everything and feels joy in mother’s lap, in the same way we forget all worries and feel anxiety in musical environment.
Music Stir up the feeling of love and sympathy
Music has a very powerful therapeutic effect on the human psyche. It has always been part of our association with specific emotions and those emotions themselves have given rise to great music. Many assert that the most important function of music is to regulate or influence emotions “some sequences of notes are happy, some are sad”. Hauser said ” Music effects our emotional response”
Effect of music in our genes:
Infants as young a five month old respond rhythmically to music and seem to find it more interesting than speech. Kids responds to music even before they understand the word or start speaking.
Music and meditation:
Mantras or chants used in the west repeated monotonously help the mind to achieve a sense of balance. A combination of the sounds in Sanskrit mantras produces certain positive vibrations and elevate mind to a higher level of consciousness. In many meditation workshops, music is used to make people aware of their moods and feelings.
Music has unlimited healing powers:
Music has a soothing and healing power. Just as the application of balm relieves our brain of its ache and tension , so music can relax the tense muscles of our body. The melodious notes of music have capacity to cure the mental or physical fatigue of a weary person. In William Green’s words ” Music is a friend of labor for it lightens the task by refreshing the nerves and spirit of the worker”. Music as a therapy is not really something new and dates centuries back: the Samveda, Natya Shastra,and the Sangeet Ratnakar mention the healing power of music.
Music helps in projecting hidden feelings:
Music communicates or expresses that cannot be communicated or expressed by any other medium.It is the manifestation of musicians inner desire . in india we can feel it in the Ladies sangeet functions where ladies project and express their feelings which they are not allowed to express openly.
Music and religious rituals are inseparable .Music exists in religious activities as in religious worship music can act as prayer.
William P.Merrill says “There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is”
May be its Shabad, Bhajan, carol. Though the style of singing is different but these religious songs fill our heart with love or humanity. Most of the Buddhist Literature containing the Buddhist philosophy, being in worse form in itself is proof of fact that music was deeply associated with religion in Buddhist age. In Bhagwat Purana
there is reference of listening to and singing the glories of God. In Shri Guru Granth Sahib there is also all the Bani (religious Shabad )is under Ragas.Music is associated with human life through Rituals from birth to death.
Music and patriotism :
A patriotic song awaken in one of the love for one’s country. Like Vaar style singing in Punjabi folk music was used to generate patriotic feelings in the soldiers. When we listen to the national song WANDE MATTRAM we feel exaggerated and enthusiastic .music has been playing big role for defence purposes .
Music serves as an entertainment tool:
Music is the most common interest of many people .People who love music listen to it while travelling, reading, meditation and walking. Some even listen to soft music while working in their busy routine. People have special music corner for themselves and some people give importance to listening in silence and some people love to read with light music and even some people love listening music before sleeping.
Music bring us together
Since music is often a social activity. Due to high effect of music in the life of human being,it is capable of breaking boundaries to unite people from different background and cultural heritage. Music can be best described wonderful force that is capable of bonding people together and instituting international brotherhood love as well as peace. So many cultural rehabilitation programs are organized by the governments to inculcate the feeling of humanity and love worldwide.
Music as a source of income to human life
Music is a profession of particular classes of people like lyricist, playback singers, music directors, musicians, musical instrument players, musical mentors etc.
Music strengthens our “theory of mind” and empathy
Music has been shown to activate many areas of the brain, including the circuit that helps us to understand what others are thinking and feeling, and to predict how they might behave—a social skill scientists call “theory of mind,” which is linked to empathy.
Music increases contact, coordination, and cooperation with others
For much of human history, the only way to experience music was live—there were no recordings allowing us to share music outside of performance. Since music had to involve contact with others (e.g. coming together for a concert), it provided a net of physical and psychological safety that may have helped our early ancestors—and may still help us—to survive.
Performing music involves coordinating of our efforts, too…at least if we want to produce a pleasing sound. According to researchers when we try to synch with others musically—keeping the beat or harmonizing, for example—we tend to feel positive social feelings towards those with whom we’re synchronizing, even if that person is not visible to us or not in the same room. Though it’s unclear exactly why that happens, coordinating movement with another person is linked to the release of pleasure chemicals (endorphins) in the brain, which may explain why we get those positive, warm feelings when we make music together.
Music is a powerful force in human society.Listening to certain music has shown to improve mood, increase productivity, and even encourage intellectual growth, while music education can have an greater effect. Certain types of music or more specifically, violent lyrics ,are believed to have a negative impact on society. Explicit nature of some modern music has desensitized today’s youth immoral thoughts and actions. However wonderful or terrible it may be music is a corner stone of human culture it is learning tool a method of communication and for some a way of life. It should be treated with respect.