Music, on its own, has benefits enough that we need not mention its importance any further. However this is a blog post and not just a quote so here is the continuation of that initial thought. Music, no matter its origin, genre, style or language has had such an effect on humanity that, pretty much, every great mind has sat back and taken note.
It starts with Plato; “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”
Now we understand music to be something, mostly, for pleasure. This is a good thing as learning can often be quite a tiresome and unpleasant experience for some. For this reason alone, music has the ability to bridge that gap that conventional methods may be leaving empty.
One frequently overlooked fact is that music is more accessible than, say, an English speaking person if you live in a country where English may not even be a second or third language. Enter music, with its rhythm and rhyme to coax a speaker of any language into humming along with the English words and easy-to-follow rhyme patterns that the artist has chosen to use.
Next we look to Bob Marley to tell us why music is so great; “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
Due to the western world modernising and packaging music into such a sought-after commodity, we have a lot of music written and performed in English. This means that we have a seemingly endless source of knowledge, experience and vocabulary all in English.
With modern day developments such as YouTube, Spotify, Deezer and iTunes doubled-up with the ease of access to smartphones, the internet and earphones we are left without excuses as to where to find music and how to listen to it.
I leave you with the thoughts of Aristotle; “Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it.”
Note: This has only been an introduction to music and its importance. Watch this space for further blog posts on what to listen to and how we can break down lyrics for further understanding.