The role of music in people’s lives

Many people probably wonder why people need music, whether we can live without it, which music is right and which is wrong, why we don’t get bored with music, and other questions. Let’s break down these questions one by one.

1. Benefits and harms of music in people’s lives

If you think about it, what does music give us? Or maybe it does not give us anything good? On the one hand music is just a combination of different sounds, and it seems that just sounds can not give you anything. But in fact it is not like that at all. After all, it is not for nothing that ardent fans are ready to lay out huge money for tickets of U2 and other bands! When we listen to music, we enjoy it. It makes us think about something, maybe even dream. It gives us sadness or joy, laughter or sadness and many other feelings. You can imagine anything by listening to a certain song or just a melody, and each time those visions can be different. Music takes us into some mysterious world where we ourselves create whatever presents itself. Often it teaches us something good. It happens when the themes of the songs reveal good or bad deeds and their consequences, which makes us think. But since these phenomena are rare in contemporary music, we can conclude that we should just enjoy music, and good thoughts will come of their own accord, we don’t need to look for them in a song. For example, such a trend in music, such as chanson, which is often sung about the bad deeds, they are exalted and romanticized in these songs. But if you look hard enough, you will find good songs that teach you something, and chanson also has them.

2. Can you live without music?

It is very difficult to imagine how one can live without music for at least a week. Of course you can, but do you have to? It would only exhaust you and deprive you of many pleasant moments in life. When you need it, music can cheer you up, it’ll help you a lot. Without music, you will soon wither away, just like flowers wither away without water.

3. What kind of music is good and is it even real?

We’re talking about music here, not songs. So the answer to this question is that there is no right or wrong music. The other case is if we are talking about a song (that is, -music with lyrics). The lyrics are often “wrong,” that is, teaching people, especially children, bad things. There are songs about alcohol, murder, smoking and other bad things and bad habits. We can safely say about them “this is a wrong song, and it won’t get a MuzTV award!”

4. Why music doesn’t get boring?

Here it should be emphasized that only good music doesn’t get boring. And there are only about a dozen tunes/songs for every person. Such songs are close to a person’s character, they enter his/her soul the first time he/she listens to them and never leave it again.

5. Why do we often disagree about what is “good” music?

Sometimes while listening to the same song one person will say, “What beautiful music,” and another person will call it crap, why? The answer is simple-people think differently. That is why some like Bach and Mozart, and some “like club music. These people will never have a similar idea of good music.Modern scientists have hypothesized that WATER has a memory! Its fourth state – informational! It turns out that water is able to perceive, store and transmit information even as subtle as a human thought, emotion, or word. It is possible to find out how this or that music affects a person with the help of water.

It has been established that a newborn baby has up to 90% of its body weight in water and up to 70-80% of an adult’s body weight. Let’s try to figure out how music affects our health, consciousness and abilities. Did you know that people have been interested in the influence of music on human health since ancient times? Today, music therapy is used to reduce pain, fear, tension, increase body tone, treat depression, for medical rehabilitation and to accompany physical activities.Music with a rhythm of 60 beats per minute, like meditation, is able to slow down brain activity. Listening to it improves attention and ability to work. The brain stops wasting energy on negative emotions. Gradually, the general state is stabilized, peace comes.For stabilization and activation of brain activity, works by Mozart are suitable. This could be the first and third movements of piano sonatas and concertos, “Rondo” from “Little Night Serenade”.Listening to the classics helps easy memorization of information.From the headache will save the Polonaise of Oginski, “Hungarian Rhapsody” by Liszt, “Fidelio” by Beethoven. Insomnia can be cured by the suite “Per Gynt” by Grieg, “Sad Waltz” by Sibelius, the plays of Tchaikovsky.Pronounce the “N” sound – restore the creative abilities.Proper breathing – the key to health. Deep breaths have a positive effect on our general condition. The faster the rhythm of the melody – the more frequent our breathing, and vice versa.Listening: Gregorian chants, folk music. This promotes proper deep and quiet breathing, thereby improving lung function.

The music affects the heart and the blood pressure. If you want to increase your heart rate, listen to the melody faster, increase the volume. Want to restore a stable heart rhythm – listen to music with a slow tempo and relax. Pleasant music has a positive effect on the blood. Favorite melody causes an increase in blood lymphocytes, the body becomes easier to fight disease.Let’s listen: hypertensive people useful to listen to “Nocturne in D minor” by Chopin, “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn and “Concerto in D Minor” for violin by Bach.Pronounce: sound “P-POM”. It has a positive effect on the heart and lowers blood pressure.List of musical recipes:From neurosis and irritability gets rid of invigorating music by Tchaikovsky, Pakhmutova, Tariverdiev. Helps to relieve stress, concentration, ideal for solitude and meditation is romantic, creating a sense of free space, the music of Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Liszt. Stomach ulcers disappear when listening to “Waltz of the Flowers.” To prevent fatigue it is necessary to listen to “Morning” by Grieg, “Dawn over the Moskva River” (fragment from the opera “Khovanshchina”) by Mussorgsky, the romance “Evening Ringing”, the song motif “Russian Field”, “The Seasons” by Tchaikovsky. Jazz, blues, Dixieland, soul, calypso, and reggae, derived from temperamental African music, uplift the mood, relieve depression, and defuse the heat of the senses. Creative impulse is stimulated by “March” from the film “Circus” by Dunayevsky, “Bolero” by Ravel, “Sabre Dance” by Khachaturian. For total relaxation you can enjoy Shostakovich’s “Waltz” from the movie “The Gadfly”, Purcell’s orchestra, “Man and Woman” by

Leia, a romance from Sviridov’s musical illustrations of Pushkin’s novella “The Snowstorm.” Blood pressure and heart activity are normalized by Mendelssohn’s “The Wedding March.” Beethoven’s “Sonata N7” cures gastritis. As a cure for migraine, Japanese doctors suggest Mendelssohn’s “Spring Song,” Dvorak’s “Humoresques,” and a hefty dose of George Gershwin (“An American in Paris”). Listening to the famous Polonaise of Oginsky also relieves headaches. Grieg’s “Per Gynt” suite normalizes sleep and brain function. The development of mental abilities in children promotes music by Mozart.

How to treat music?

To be effective music therapy it is used according to certain rules, which are based on the psychophysiological principles more than aesthetic and artistic. Here are the most important of them:

1. Before starting to perform, study the information about the piece being played. It is necessary to know its essence and structure. It is useful to know in advance the text of the piece being performed, or to have it in front of your eyes when performing, so that you don’t get in the way of strained attempts to catch the words which are not always clearly pronounced or are drowned out by the orchestra.

2. Relax-it will help you “open the doors of the unconscious” and take in the full effect of the music. It doesn’t matter if you want to experience a calming effect or a stimulating and uplifting one.

3. It is important to choose the right dose. Treatment with music should be short enough not to cause fatigue and possible defensive reactions.

4. The strength or volume of the music should be carefully adjusted. A low volume should be chosen not only for soothing music, but also for stimulating music. A high volume is fatiguing and shocking to the nervous system.

5. After listening to therapeutic music, rest for a while. This favors its full, undisturbed effect on the unconscious.

6. It is known that the unconscious is most active during sleep, but it is also receptive to external impulses. Therefore music therapy can be used during sleep. The therapeutic use of music during sleep is especially recommended for children, in psychiatry, and in general for people who are restless and agitated.

7. The choice of music should be well thought out. It is much more difficult than it may seem at first sight. Sometimes it is necessary that seemingly obvious principles be restricted and even ignored. It would seem obvious to use soothing, stimulating, or upbeat music. However, it is not so simple. Upbeat music can get on the nerves of a person burdened by grief. A person in a state of excitement and confusion is unlikely to be deeply impressed by a solemn adagio; it will make him even more restless. On the other hand, when a depressed person hears sad music, it can lift his spirits.Did you know that: The impact of music on human intelligence and psyche has long been debated. For example, American researchers in the early 90’s introduced the term “Mozart effect. The meaning of this

effect is that after 10 minutes of listening to the works of the Austrian composer, the speed of solving problems with spatial thinking increases significantly. It is proved that music affects the intellectual capacity of man. It helps to increase the emotional activity of the person. During this period of activity, the mental capacity really increases. As for musical directions, it depends on the individual. On what music he was raised, what he listened to in his life. So some people are influenced by one kind of music and others by another. Did you know, “Love is second only to music, but love is also music…” So what does music really do to our soul? Even in the Parthian Empire in the III century BC with the help of specially selected melodies treated for melancholy, nervous disorders and heartaches. The Bible tells us that King Saul, tormented by an evil spirit, called David, who was skilfully playing the psaltery: “David took the psaltery and played, and Saul felt better and more glad. The Greeks also considered music to be healing. In Homer’s epics, the bleeding of wounds was stopped by melodious songs. Pythagoras composed music based on certain melodies and rhythms that not only healed, but “purified” human actions and passions and restored the original harmony of the soul. Pythagoras once used music to calm an angry man who was trying to burn the house out of jealousy, although he could not cope either housemates or neighbors. The ancient Chinese believed that music could cure those ailments that were beyond the reach of doctors.

Dr. Gordon Shaw explains the health effects of music this way. The vibration of sounds creates energy fields that make every cell in our body resonate. We absorb the “musical” energy, and it normalizes the rhythm of our breathing, pulse, blood pressure, temperature, and relieves muscle tension. Therefore, properly chosen melody has a favorable effect on sick people and speeds up the recovery. Inharmonious music can change blood pressure, heart rate, rhythm and depth of breathing up to its complete standstill with the help of electromagnetic waves. So how do the basic components of music affect us: rhythm, melody, harmony, and timbre? Rhythm has the strongest and most direct effect on the human body and emotions. Our body life is based on various rhythms: breathing, heart, various movements, activity and rest, not to mention more subtle rhythms at the level of cells and molecules. The psychological state of an individual also has its own complicated rhythms: elation and depression, grief and joy, eagerness and apathy, strength and weakness, and so on. All these states are very sensitive to musical rhythms. Isn’t that why they have such magic to excite and soothe, to heal and to destroy… MELODY affects the listener especially intensely and in many ways. Melody awakens not only emotions, but also feelings, images and beliefs, and strongly influences almost all vital functions, especially the nervous system, breathing and circulation. HARMONY is produced by the simultaneous sound of several sounds harmonizing with each other to form chords. Because of the different vibrations emitted by these chords, a feeling of either harmony or dissonance is created in the listener’s soul, which in either

Either way has a certain physiological and psychological effect. The predominance of dissonance in contemporary music is an expression of the discord, conflicts, and crises that bring suffering to modern man. TEMBR. Everyone with an ear for music feels the allure of the violin or flute, harp or soprano in different ways. A composer, by skillfully combining different instruments in an orchestra, can drive huge audiences, entire stadiums, to a frenzy… ON A BLADE OF MUSIC… Let this not surprise or shock you. But music can both create and destroy. In Japan, there was an experiment involving 120 breastfeeding mothers. Some mothers listened to classical music, while others listened to pop music. The first group showed a 20 percent increase in breast milk, while the group that listened to modern rhythms showed a half decrease. Music that can be called harmful is characterized by frequent dissonance, lack of form, irregularity and “frenzy” of its rhythms. It represents the modern mind and its state of stress and tension, combining overstimulation with a depressing influence. It is harmful to the psyche. In addition, rock music affects ultrasound and infrasound, which we do not hear, but which “hear” all of our organs, and can destroy the brain on the principle of the famous “25th Frame”, when the viewer watches a movie, in which an extra invisible frame with an advertising slogan is built in. Experiments have shown that if the beat of the tam-tam drums exceeds 100 decibels, listeners faint. It can act as an intellectual catalyst, enhancing intuitive cognition of the inner properties of phenomena. Musical influence eliminates categorical judgments of the listener, erases stereotypes and overcomes maximalism of thinking. Music develops communicative abilities and interpersonal skills. It is known that music – it is an international language, capable of uniting people of different nationalities, cultures, ages, professions, etc. But its integrative effect is manifested not only at the global level, but also at the interpersonal level. By helping people to liberate themselves, music activates interpersonal communication, “heart to heart,” and at the same time helps them to overcome various kinds of communication barriers. Music can provide a unique opportunity to communicate without words. Music elevates human aesthetic needs. For example, religious music provides a sense of calm, helps not only to deal with pain, but also lifts us above the level of everyday life into higher realms. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach evokes religious symbols, especially the symbol of the Temple, and calls for harmony. The music of G. Handel has a similar effect. Obviously, the elevation of aesthetic needs through music is initially associated with the receipt of positive emotions from this or that music, with the development of musical taste through the study of works of the chosen musical direction, with a deepening of knowledge about the favorite kind of music.The need for positive emotions associated with the search for the music that can best meet the needs of the potential listener. That music, which is closest to the person, which most of all brings him a complex of positive emotions, has a power of attraction for the person, contributing to a steady repetition of its listening. Music helps to resolve intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts. Psychologists often cite the example of a quarreling spouses who were on the verge of divorce, arguing violently about something in the kitchen and suddenly

heard their daughter playing the piano. She was playing a sonata by Joseph Haydn. The father and mother, fascinated by the sound of the music, were silent for several minutes… Mathematics plus musicComputer technology is advancing. There is probably not a single sphere of life in which human beings do not use a machine that grows smarter every day, sometimes resenting what they themselves have done and not without reason being afraid of the competition. There are no exceptions in this process even for creative activities. Transistor monsters, which could even count at the level of a second grader, were already tried to compose poems, and cabinets with several kilobytes of memory were charged with writing music in all seriousness. If there is a conservatory graduate, a professional academic musician, a music educator among your acquaintances, try talking to him about computer music technology. Visit the websites of music education institutions, read articles, proceedings of scientific conferences and seminars that sometimes find their way onto the Internet. I think you will easily catch the negative attitude of this category of people toward the computer that has invaded music. You will find words about the soullessness of the machine and the soullessness of the music that is made with it, about the absence of life in digital sound and the inability to give emotion in the sound synthesized.Most of all critics of the musical computer is not satisfied with “digitalization” – digital recording and sound processing, the use of mathematical algorithms to synthesize the sound of musical instruments and arranging. And if the composition of music is somehow related to mathematics and programming… Although the union of mathematics with music should not surprise anyone so much. And I am referring to the present, and not just to things that happened a long time ago.

Remember what we are talking about here, events like Pythagoras’ invention of the prototype of the modern musical system and Verkmeister’s refinement of it. Pythagoras noticed that the ratio of frequencies of two neighboring notes is always different, but the ratio of frequencies of two notes four positions apart, on the contrary, is always constant and is 3/2. This consonance is now called a quint. Taking the quint as a basis, Pythagoras derived a musical formula, which allows you to use the frequency of the base note, from which you are counting, and the sequence number of a given note to get the desired value of the frequency of the next note. The successive application of the formula results in sounds that are one quint away from each other. This row contains all the notes of the sound scale. Even though they belong to different octaves, by dividing or multiplying the frequency of the desired sound by two, you can move it to the neighboring octave. Repeating the operation of division (or multiplication) several times can fill the entire range of the instrument. The role of mathematics in this musical story is obvious.Bravo, Pythagoras! He saved musicians a lot of headaches! But at the same time he created a new problem: in a chorus based on his formula, an integer number of quintals does not fit into an integer number of octaves. This discrepancy is called the “Pythagorean comma”. The Pythagorean comma is not only an apparent mathematical paradox. The main thing is that with the Pythagorean system it is impossible to play in an arbitrary key without being false.Centuries later, the problem was solved by Werckmeister. And he did not do without mathematics. Werckmeister instead of a natural chord created his own, based on three postulates: the ratio of the frequencies of the same notes in neighboring octaves must be two; between these frequencies must lie exactly twelve notes, the number of semitones in the octave;

All semitones must be equal.In accordance with these postulates Werckmeister divided the octave into twelve absolutely equal semitones. Such a chord was called temperament. The essence of temperament is in small changes in the value of intervals compared with their acoustically accurate value. In 12-step evenly tempered formation all pure quintals are reduced by 1/12 of a Pythagorean comma. This made the scale closed, the octave was divided into 12 equal semitones, and all the intervals of the same name became equal in magnitude.You will say that both Pythagoras and Werkmeister made their inventions long ago. Okay, then let me give you a modern example of the mathematization of music. Let’s open the seminal work “The Theory of Modern Composition” (Music Publishers, 2005). Where does Part III begin, which examines the most significant new forms of compositional technique, so to speak, the most significant contribution of twentieth-century composers to the theory and practice of music creation? With an analysis of serial technique. The untrained reader of this textbook, intended for musicology students, will certainly find it difficult to “wade” through a maze of uninformative terms and vague definitions such as: “Series is the central element of dodecaphonic composition, the center of its intonation resources”. If we talk about the essence of the matter, it all boils down to the fact that the serial musical composition is based on the repetition in various versions of the same (selected individually for this work) sound series.It is believed that the founder of such “musical mathematics” was Arnold Schoenberg. Schoenberg formulated his own method of composition, based on his awareness of the fact that in the process of composing music the author secretly seeks to avoid previously used elements. This method, applied to the pitches of musical tones, as well as the idea of frequent changes in tonality, which The basic principle of the theory of dodecaphony is the inadmissibility of the repetition of sounds of the same name in time until all 12 sounds, into which an octave is divided within a tempered system, have been exhausted. The sequence of 12 non-repeating sounds forms a series. The series is the basic element of the entire musical composition. The sounds of the series form consonances, and some of the sounds may form a melody. The basic law is the prohibition of changing the sequence of sounds in a series, breaking the order of their sequence. There are varieties of series: rakohod (don’t laugh, it is just a series read from the last sound to the first one), inversion (a series obtained from the original sequence by replacing all intervals with their reversals), and rakohod inversion (coincides with the rakohod inversion with the accuracy of transposition). The series can be represented as an ordered set of numbers between 0 and 11, numbering the sounds in order: 0 = C, 1 = C-sharp, 2 = Re, … 10 = B-flat, 11 = B, 12 = 0 (modulo 12) = C (two sounds are considered equal if their corresponding numbers are equal modulo 12).To perform mathematical operations on different forms of series, we can represent series as pairs. The pairs represent the “coordinates of sound” – an ordered set of two numbers, the first number being the number of sound in the series, the second number the pitch.The development of formalization of the series technique is associated with the name of Anton Webern. One of the main areas of his experiments was the search for formational patterns at a level finer than the series. Webern selected series that had internal symmetry. At the same time, he organized larger constructions that also possessed symmetry.

These composers and their followers did not use mathematical terms when composing their works. But a mathematician will certainly notice that, for example, the inversion operator, the rakoche operator, their combination and the identical operator (the original series) form a group. And in general, it turns out that one can use algebra methods and algorithms to compose music. Of course, this hardly makes the composer’s task any easier. And will this sequence of sounds be music if at its origin there are groups, isomorphic subgroups, cyclic subgroups and rings, operators in matrix form… instead of a creative insight heaven-sent? However, the fact remains. Modern scientific-musical thought does not deny either the technique of seriality or the music itself, created and created on its basis.I have given only three examples illustrating the connection between music and mathematics. So perhaps if, in some circumstances, the penetration of mathematics into music is not considered to be an outrage, then it makes sense to allow the musician to use the most advanced mathematical tool of the moment, the computer? Perhaps we should “legalize” computer participation in composing music, too. No one is asking anyone’s permission, though. While composers are outraged and afraid, programmers are doing their job. There are programs that are implemented in various algorithms for composing (or rather, the formation of) musicInfluence of music on humansScientists today put forward a hypothesis that WATER has a memory! Its fourth, informational, state has been discovered! It turns out that water is able to perceive, store and transmit information even as subtle as a human thought, emotion, or word. It is possible to find out how this or that music affects a person with the help of water.

It has been established that a newborn baby has up to 90% of its body weight in water and up to 70-80% of an adult’s body weight in water. Let’s try to understand how music affects our health, consciousness and abilities. Did you know that people have been interested in the influence of music on human health since ancient times? Today, music therapy is used to reduce pain, fear, tension, increase body tone, treat depression, for medical rehabilitation and to accompany physical activities.Music with a rhythm of 60 beats per minute, like meditation, is able to slow down brain activity. Listening to it improves attentiveness and ability to work. The brain stops wasting energy on negative emotions. Gradually, the general state is stabilized, peace comes.For stabilization and activation of brain activity, works by Mozart are suitable. These could be the first and third movements of the piano sonatas and concertos, the “Rondo” from the “Little Night Serenade. Listening to the classics helps you to memorize information easily.From a headache will save Polonaise by Oginski, “Hungarian Rhapsody” by Liszt, “Fidelio” by Beethoven.Insomnia can be treated suite “Per Gynt” by Grieg, “Sad Waltz” by Sibelius, the plays of Tchaikovsky.Pronounce “N” – restore the creative abilities.Proper breathing – the key to health. Deep breathing has a positive effect on our general condition. The faster the rhythm of the melody – the more frequent our breathing, and vice versa.Listening: Gregorian chants, folk music. This promotes proper deep and relaxed breathing, thereby improving lung function.

Pronounce: sound “U” – help ventilation of the lungs.Music affects the work of the heart and blood pressure. Want to increase the heart rate – listen to the melody faster, increase the volume. Want to restore a stable heart rhythm – listen to music with a slow tempo and relax. Pleasant music has a positive effect on the blood. Favorite melody causes an increase in blood lymphocytes, the body becomes easier to fight disease.Let’s listen: hypertensive people useful to listen to “Nocturne in D minor” by Chopin, “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn and “Concerto in D Minor” for violin by Bach.Pronounce: sound “P-POM”. It has a positive effect on heart function and lowers blood pressure. The music of Tchaikovsky, Pakhmutova, and Tariverdiev helps relieve neurosis and irritability. The romantic music of Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Liszt, which creates a feeling of free space, is ideal for solitude and meditation. Stomach ulcers disappear when listening to “Waltz of the Flowers.” To prevent fatigue it is necessary to listen to “Morning” by Grieg, “Dawn over the Moskva River” (fragment from the opera “Khovanshchina”) by Mussorgsky, the romance “Evening Ringing”, the song motif “Russian Field”, “The Seasons” by Tchaikovsky. Jazz, blues, Dixieland, soul, calypso, and reggae, derived from temperamental African music, uplift the mood, relieve depression, and defuse the heat of the senses. Creative impulse is stimulated by “March” from the film “Circus” by Dunayevsky, “Bolero” by Ravel, “Sabre Dance” by Khachaturian. You can get complete relaxation from Shostakovich’s “Waltz” from the movie “The Gadfly”, Purcell’s orchestra, “Man and Woman”

Leia, a romance from Sviridov’s musical illustrations of Pushkin’s novella “The Snowstorm. Blood pressure and heart activity are normalized by Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. Gastritis is cured by Beethoven’s Sonata N7. As a cure for migraines, Japanese doctors suggest Mendelssohn’s “Spring Song,” Dvorak’s “Humoresques,” and a hefty dose of George Gershwin (“An American in Paris”). Listening to the famous Polonaise of Oginsky also relieves headaches. Grieg’s “Per Gynt” suite normalizes sleep and brain function. Mozart’s music helps to develop mental abilities in children. HOW TO TREAT with MUSIC? To be effective music therapy, it is used according to certain rules, which are based on the psychophysiological principles rather than aesthetic and artistic. Here are the most important of these:

1. Before starting to perform, study the information about the piece being played. It is necessary to know its essence and structure. It is useful to know in advance the text of the piece being performed, or to have it in front of your eyes when performing, so that you don’t get in the way of strained attempts to catch the words which are not always clearly pronounced or are drowned out by the orchestra.

2. Relax-it will help you “open the doors of the unconscious” and take in the full effect of the music. It doesn’t matter if you want to experience a calming effect or a stimulating and uplifting one.

3. It is important to choose the right dose. Treatment with music should be short enough so as not to cause fatigue and possible defensive reactions.

4. The strength or volume of the music should be carefully adjusted. A low volume should be chosen not only for soothing music, but also for stimulating music. A high volume will fatigue and shock the nervous system.

5. After listening to therapeutic music, rest for a while. This favors its full, undisturbed effect on the unconscious.

6. It is known that the unconscious is most active during sleep, but it is also receptive to external impulses. Therefore music therapy can be used during sleep. The therapeutic use of music during sleep is especially recommended for children, in psychiatry, and in general for people who are restless and agitated.

7. The choice of music should be well thought out. It is much more complicated than it may seem at first glance. Sometimes it is necessary that seemingly obvious principles be restricted and even ignored. It would seem obvious to use soothing, stimulating, or upbeat music. However, it is not so simple. Upbeat music can get on the nerves of a person burdened by grief. A person in a state of excitement and confusion is unlikely to be deeply impressed by a solemn adagio; it will make him even more restless. On the other hand, when a depressed person hears sad music, it can lift his spirits.Did you know that:The debate about the influence of music on human intelligence and on the psyche has been going on for a long time. For example, American researchers in the early 90’s introduced such a term as the “Mozart effect. The meaning of this effect is that after 10 minutes of listening to the works of the Austrian composer, the speed of solving problems in spatial thinking increases significantly. It has been proven that music affects a person’s intellectual abilities. It helps to increase the emotional activity of the person. During this period of activity, the mental capacity really increases. As for musical directions, it depends on the individual. On what music he was brought up, what he listened to during his life. So some people are influenced by one kind of music and some people are influenced by another kind of music. Did you know, “Love is second only to music, but love is also music…” So what does music really do to our soul? As far back as the Parthian Empire in the 3rd century B.C., music as a cure for melancholy, nervous disorders and heartache. The Bible tells us that King Saul, tormented by an evil spirit, called David, who was skilfully playing the psaltery: “David took the psaltery and played, and Saul felt better and more glad. The Greeks also considered music to be healing. In Homer’s epics, the bleeding of wounds was stopped by melodious songs. Pythagoras composed music based on certain melodies and rhythms that not only healed, but “purified” human actions and passions and restored the original harmony of the soul. Pythagoras once used music to calm an angry man who was trying to burn the house out of jealousy, although he could not cope either housemates or neighbors. The ancient Chinese believed that music could cure illnesses that doctors had no control over.

Dr. Gordon Shaw explains the effect of music on health this way. The vibration of sounds creates energy fields that make every cell in our body resonate. We absorb the “musical” energy, and it normalizes the rhythm of our breathing, pulse, blood pressure, temperature, relieves muscle tension. Therefore, properly chosen melody has a favorable effect on sick people and speeds up the recovery. Inharmonious music can change blood pressure, heart rate, rhythm and depth of breathing up to its complete standstill with the help of electromagnetic waves. So how do the basic components of music affect us: rhythm, melody, harmony, and timbre? Rhythm has the strongest and most direct effect on the human body and emotions. Our body life is based on various rhythms: breathing, heart, various movements, activity and rest, not to mention more subtle rhythms at the level of cells and molecules. The psychological state of an individual also has its own complicated rhythms: elation and depression, grief and joy, eagerness and apathy, strength and weakness, and so on. All these states are very sensitive to musical rhythms. Isn’t that why they have such magic to excite and soothe, to heal and to destroy… MELODY affects the listener especially intensely and in many ways. Melody awakens not only emotions, but also feelings, images and beliefs, and strongly influences almost all vital functions, especially the nervous system, breathing and circulation. HARMONY is produced by the simultaneous sound of several sounds harmonizing with each other to form chords.

Because of the different vibrations emitted by these chords, a sense of harmony or dissonance emerges in the listener’s soul, which in either case has a certain physiological and psychological effect. The predominance of dissonance in contemporary music is an expression of the discord, conflicts, and crises that bring suffering to modern man. TEMBR. Everyone with an ear for music feels the allure of the violin or flute, harp or soprano in different ways. A composer, by skillfully combining different instruments in an orchestra, can drive huge audiences, entire stadiums, to a frenzy… ON A BLADE OF MUSIC… Let this not surprise or shock you. But music can be as creative as it is destructive. In Japan, conducted an experiment in which 120 nursing mothers participated. Some of the mothers listened to classical music, while others listened to pop music. The first group showed a 20 percent increase in breast milk, while the group that listened to modern rhythms showed a half decrease. Music that can be called harmful is characterized by frequent dissonance, lack of form, irregularity and “frenzy” of its rhythms. It represents the modern mind and its state of stress and tension, combining overstimulation with a depressing influence. It is harmful to the psyche. In addition, rock music affects ultrasound and infrasound, which we do not hear, but which “hear” all of our organs, and can destroy the brain on the principle of the famous “25th Frame”, when the viewer watches a movie, in which an extra invisible frame with an advertising slogan is built in. Experiments have shown that if the beat of the tam-tam drums exceeds 100 decibels, listeners faint.

Music develops intuition, speed and imaginative thinking. It can act as an intellectual catalyst that enhances intuitive cognition of the inner properties of phenomena. Musical influence eliminates categorical judgments of the listener, erases stereotypes, and overcomes maximalism of thinking. Music develops communication abilities and interpersonal skills. It is known that music – it is an international language, capable of uniting people of different nationalities, cultures, ages, professions, etc. But its integrative effect is manifested not only at the global level, but also at the interpersonal level. By helping people become more relaxed, music activates interpersonal communication, “heart to heart,” and at the same time helps them to overcome various kinds of communication barriers. Music can provide a unique opportunity to communicate without words. Music elevates human aesthetic needs. For example, religious music provides a sense of peace, helps us not only to cope with pain, but also lifts us above the level of everyday life into higher realms. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach conjures up religious symbols, especially the symbol of the Temple, and calls for harmony. The music of G. Handel has a similar effect. Obviously, the elevation of aesthetic needs at the expense of music is initially associated with the receipt of positive emotions from this or that music, with the development of musical taste through the study of works of the chosen musical direction, with a deepening of knowledge about the favorite kind of music. The need for positive emotions is associated with the search for the music that can most fully meet the needs of the potential listener. That music, which is closest to the person, which most of all brings him a complex of positive emotions, has an attractive power for the person, contributing to the steady repetition of its listening.

Music helps resolve intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts. Psychologists often cite the example of a quarreling couple on the verge of divorce, arguing violently about something in the kitchen, and suddenly heard their daughter playing the piano. She was playing a sonata by Joseph Haydn. The father and mother, fascinated by the sound of the music, were silent for several minutes… The influence of music on human healthAccording to American scientists, music can relieve chronic diseases.The influence of music on human health was studied with a special study, which was attended by several dozen people suffering from various long-term diseases, such as: arthritis, spinal pain, osteochondrosis and more.Patients were offered to listen to musical compositions several times a day. In this process, the patients were divided into three groups, two of which listened to music of their own choice or to music provided by the process organizers. The third group was asked to fight the disease with the help of ordinary medicines, massage, etc. Sessions were held several times a day for three hours. The results of the study showed that the patients of the first two groups had more than 20% less painful sensations. There was no difference between the music chosen by the patients themselves and the music provided by the organizers. In addition, the studies showed that the level of depression, which was caused by the disease, also decreased. The latter group, on the other hand, noted no greater change in their

The results of such activities do not at all suggest abandoning the treatment of disease in the usual way, which is welcomed in medical institutions. However, it is worth thinking for those who have chronic diseases, that just the melodies, pleasant to your ears, can stop the pain, and in some cases even permanently stop the pain.The influence of music on the fetus is also great. Not without reason, even in the womb, the baby gets used to the sounds he hears from within. Many obstetricians and gynecologists recommend that expectant mothers periodically include beautiful songs that the future child will love. After birth, it is these songs, according to statistics, are able to soothe the baby. It is better to choose classical and calm tunes, as the rest have a stimulating effect on the baby.