“Each statistic person spends 13 years of their lives listening to music”- it was the message in order to promote show on the radio, the UK. The number is very huge, and it sounds like a truth because music is everywhere.
Undoubtedly, we know how music effects on peoples’ moods, behaviors and wishes form such kind of perspective we can observe implementation of music in different spheres of life too. Implementation of music might be divided in several aspects such as consumerism, medicine and education.
Based on special characteristics of melodies, sounds and music itself, such as rehabilitation and recreation, it also was implemented and cooperated with others spheres of medicine. Music physiology, music psychology, and music therapy are the new waves in medicine. The main goal of such type of therapy is to create comfortable and relaxing ambient environment for fostering process of recovery after physical or emotional traumas.
Besides enjoying music for relaxation and rehabilitation, “sharks” of marketing industry use music for promoting goods and ideas which are broadcasted in the mass media and became very popular ones. The main reasons of becoming so popular, according to Jensen, are an impact of music on attention, meaning, and memory (as cited in Griffin, 2006, p. 22).
Music effects on memorization and attention but how might music impacts on students’ improvements in their mental thinking, emotional and sociological skills during their studies.
Several investigations were done on the topic of the academic achievements and study environment. Some studies reviled that the background music can positively influence on social ambience, academic performance, aid learning and emotional status of the students. Another implication of background music is as a student controller. Non-music teachers, Ebert and Savan demonstrate their own experience in the classroom environment (as cited in Griffin, 2006, p. 22). The project lasted 5 month and the work was conducted with special needs children. The study defined essential materials and the reaction of the children was unexpected. During the background Mozart’s music, children felt themselves very comfortable and became relaxed, even noise in the class room became quitter, but when the music was switched off the boom increased rapidly.
Another implementation of the background music is as a gap-filler during the classes. Depending on music content, it might enrich their inner world with modern, ethno-folk classic music which might serve as warming up. Another way of increasing students’ patriotic feelings is switching on national anthem in schools.
Summing up, we can see an incredible power and influence of music on people’ mental thinking, emotional and physical health which might not be replaced with other therapies or activities but instead of it might foster and twofold the final results. Brigs states that “the basic purpose of education is to bring individuals closer to the goal of optimal use of talent and enjoyment of life” and if music makes this process easier, more successful, more enjoyable so let’s use it in our classrooms too (as cited in Griffin, 2006, p. 22).
Griffin, M. (2006). Background music and the learning environment: borrowing from other disciplines. Retrieved from http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED498430