Culture > The soundtrack to our lives

Posted on March 30, 2017

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Friederike Schmiedeskamp takes us on a musical journey of discovery
Most of us learned the alphabet through singing the ‘ABC’ song. It was probably taught to us when we were in nursery.

I’m sure you also know the ‘Head-shoulders-knees-and-toes’ song, and its melody immediately pops to mind. This song developed your movement skills while also introducing you to your different body parts.

There are more examples where music can help to improve children’s language and the use of their muscles.

A lot of children start learning an instrument at a young age, or have music lessons in school. Studies have found out that music has a positive impact on children’s development, concerning their speech, perception, vocabulary and memory.

Studies have recently worked out clear correlations between learning music and heightened comprehension in language, arts and maths skills.

Many systems of your brain are based on the exchange of information across the synapses. Synapses are connections between your different brain cells, like little streets, on which the information is transported.

The stronger the connection, the faster the information can be exchanged.

Musical performances stimulate activity in nearly every part of our brain, which helps it to work more efficiently by strengthening the synapses.

Music is a very important artistic medium to intensify our perception and to influence our sensations
Every time you listen to music it’s like an intensive workout for your brain, which produces reactions throughout your whole body.

Music arouses a variety of emotions. Our favourite songs from the past trigger evocative memories.

Scientific research has found different rhythms and patterns can stimulate different parts of the human brain. Jazz music, for example, can cause an irresistible urge to dance.

Musical activities promote fun, and fun can have a big influence on learning progress. This is because it’s a lot easier to concentrate on activities you do willingly instead of grudgingly.

Music is a very important artistic medium to intensify our perception and to influence our sensations.

Additionally music can set you in a mood and create different atmospheres, which for example can have motivating or relaxing effects. This is why nursery rhymes and rhythm games are popular learning methods.

Music is a way to stop time and take a photo of a feeling
Furthermore music plays a very important role in our culture. It is practised all over the world and varies from folk to folk. Spreading wonderful stories, traditions and heritage music helps secure our cultural values.

These are very specific examples of the benefits of music. But you meet music in your daily-life, for example when you turn on the radio, watch a movie or even picking up the phone.

For me music is a way to stop time and take a photo of a feeling. You start to associate a certain song with a special moment or person and linked sensations. It’s a beautiful opportunity to reminisce about the past.

My friends and I listen to music very often to create our own atmosphere and to enjoy the here and now.

Music is also a good way for me to calm down when I’m absolutely stressed out.

It’s a release for my emotions and a way to express myself and my feelings even if there are no words.

Friederike Schmiedeskamp
Friederike is very passionate about all kinds of art, and imagines her future job in an artistic area. She wants to meet new people, to discover different cultures and to get to know the beauty of living.

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7 Responses to The soundtrack to our lives

  1. Erin March 30, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    Fantastic article, it really reeled me in! Great job Friederike

  2. Sara Black March 30, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

    I love the way you write.
    Your article is awesome.

  3. Sergay March 30, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

    very interesting topic, i would love to read more.
    I hope you keep writing!

  4. resinox March 30, 2017 at 8:22 pm #

    Wow so true and inspiring!
    Well done 🙂

  5. Pamela March 31, 2017 at 9:27 am #

    Such a great article! The topic is very interesting and I love your writing style! I am looking forward to read your next article 🙂

  6. Leonie99 March 31, 2017 at 1:06 pm #

    Super Artikel!
    Dein Schreibstil gefällt mir sehr gut und es macht Spaß deine Texte zu lesen.
    Ich hoffe ich kann auch in Zukunft noch weitere Artikel von dir lesen.

  7. Daria April 4, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    Your style of writing and the structure of your article really make clear that you are very passionate about music and how it impacts our lives.
    I find it impressive how you educate your reader by simply sharing your point of view. 🙂
    Keep on writing, very well done Friederike! <3 😉

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