10 things you need to know about music
1. it is its own language. This is a common phrase used by a lot of people. If you ask anyone if they think
music is its own language, most everyone will tell you they do. Western music is different than Eastern music.
Western music bases its language off of 12 notes that are well distinguashed pitches in an octave. Estern music
has quarter tones in between the regular pitches. An Eastern scale of music can have up to 24 notes in a single
octave. Each style has its language that can speak differently to each individual who hears it.
2. Not everyone truly appreciates music. Athough sad, it is true a lot of people don’t understand music
and therefore, do not appreciate it. This could be due to which side of the brain you use most. Left brain users
are more inclined to scholastics. Subjects such as math and science appeal more to them. According to Funderstanding.com, the left brain is logical, sequential, rational, analytical, objective and looks at parts. The right brain is random, intuitive, holistic, synthesizing, subjective and looks at wholes.
So it is obvious that right brain users could more understand and appreciate the arts. There is, however, no wrong way to think.
3. Music has been around since Biblical times. All through the Bible you can see instances of music, musical instruments and stories with music in it. Jesus told a parable of the prodigal son and there was music in that story.
4. All American genres of music can be traced to classical. Classical music forms the chord structures and
movements with different sounds to what we hear on pop radio. Closely related to classical music is jazz music.
If you listen closely to jazz and classical, they seem to move and flow in almost the same ways, just with different
beats. From jazz music came the blues. Rock music’s chord progressions are almost identical to how blues music progresses.
5. It is an art. When most people think art, they think of paintings, sculptures or even poetry. Usually in categories
you’ll find art and entertainment, or art and music. Realistically, art is just a way of expression. How you express
yourself is your art. Art is not a specific group of activities, it is rather an idea of who you are. Music is most
certainly an avenue of expression. Therefore, music is an art.
6. Everyone has their own personal musical attitude. This one could be hard to explain. Everyone has their own
personality, and music is its own language. So it is safe to say that everyone can relate to and connect with
different kinds of music. This could get so specific to even just a song that they can relate to. I’m not
necessarily talking about different genres. Some people can connect to different harmonies or chord progressions so much so that any song with a certain harmony or chord progression, they will automatically like. Just like how you can have a favorite color, you can also have a favorite sound. It’s just harder to identify what sound that is to people.
7. Different kinds of music can change your attitude. Different psychological studies have shown music
affects your state of thinking. Calm and consistent music can make you calm. Faster and harder styles of music can provoke anger or negative thinking. Even studies have shown that classical music can soothe and calm your baby. According to babycenter.com, classical music may not make your baby smarter, but it will definitely help their moods. The Mozart affect was reported in 1993. It was postulated by scientists at the University of California and was tested on college students. Right before they were to take, they listened to Mozart. The students who participated found their spatial relationship skills were greater than students who did not listen to Mozart.
8. Some people truly see different colors associated with different sounds of music. It’s a phenomenom that sounds can be closely related to color. Most students who study music and have perfect pitch can tell you that when they hear certain notes, each one has its distinct color. This is how they can identify a note played at random without seeing the key on a piano struck or a string on the guitar plucked, etc. It is the color association that helps so many musicians compose and produce music with great accuracy. Try this next time you are just listening to a piano, guitar or any instrument. Listen to the notes and close your eyes. Try to envision
colors with the notes, chords and harmonies.
9. Music is also a lot of math. Most people may not realize that since music is an art, but the study of beats involves a lot of math. There is division, addition and multiplication. On top of all the math, drummers have to have a lot of hand-eye coordination to keep up with all the different rhythms he or she is playing together. It definitely helps to know basic arithmetic.
10. There is music in Heaven. For those of you that believe in the Bible, music is mentioned in heaven in Revelation 14:2-5. There is a theory that before Satan’s fall in Genesis, he was in charge of all the music in Heaven. Ezekiel 28:13 says, “The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.” The Bible never really gives enough information as to what Satan’s job was in Heaven, so there is no real way to know.