“Both language and music are characteristics of the human species that seem to be universal”, according to the book The Musical Mind. But, why is it said that music speaks to our emotions? How does it? Our emotional makeup and cultural backgrounds influence our reaction to music and our language, the musical elements themselves and the way our brain processes them can also affect our reaction to music.
Elaborating on musical elements, one of the first we become familiar with is rhythm—think of ourselves while we are still in our mother’s womb, listening to her heartbeat. It seems that our response to musical rhythm is subconsciously influenced by our heartbeat or even our breathing. Therefore, no surprise why the most of us appear to prefer musical tempo ranging 70 and 100 beats per minute (the same range as the average heart rate of a healthy adult)!
Consider now the wide variety of instruments, all the sounds, and melodies they can produce… All these effects are produced because “music speaks to the entire human being” says Clive E. Robbins, of the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center, in New York.
Music and emotions
A specific school of thought teaches that a given piece of music has a similar effect on all listeners. Meanwhile, another establishes that reaction to a melody or song reflects an individual’s present state of mind or previous experience. Also, consider the descriptions of the instruments given earlier. You may not agree to some of the comparisons. To you, they may sound kind of different. Within each of us, there is a unique fountain of feelings that music can cause to well up—thus, we respond in our own way.
And what about language? Music helps to connect words or ideas with emotions. And that magical combination creates learning in us. That is why many of our childhood days’ first lessons were taught through music.
Everything said we are happy to show you the opportunity for your children of learning all those lessons at our Club Pop trip. At Etosoto one of our primary goals is sharing a real philosophy of life from the point of playing to learn instead of learning to play.
Among the many benefits your children will get from joining Club Pop with us, we can mention:
– Creating in children a compelling affirmation of music skills through having them making up and playing their own songs.
– Helping children to get familiar with their instruments, based on more sensory than theoretical approach.
– Letting your children have autonomy on their desired instrument but with a concrete project: writing and composing a song.
– Two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon of fun while interacting with musical instruments.
All these valuable lessons are taught by genuinely committed teachers like Constance Verluca, who will help your children getting a cozy approach to music and musical instruments. But we count on many other experiences you can discover at Etosoto