Golden Music staff works everyday with musicians and families and friends of musicians, we often think about the nature of music. What's it's purpose, what is it exactly?
A very interesting article came across my desk today*.
Flutes were discovered made from bone found in Germanymusic, the earliest recorded instruments placed at about 200,000 years old, meaning our species as we are developed today were music makers. What was music's role in our ancestors' lives? What is it in our lives, in our community?
Music establishes COMMUNITY.
A mother humming to her child (probably came before language), ancestral men dancing and singing before a hunt. Researchers state “By establishing such a bond between individuals, music created not only the family, but society itself... Our Ancestors' lives depended on the hunt and used music in the ceremonies. It paved the way for us to communicate with each other and to share emotions."
As centuries went by, Music's ability to communicate emotions was precisely what made it persist after the development of language. On top of that, there is an instinctive function of music--to make us feel good. Songs activate the frontal lobe, produce dopamine and act on the cerebellum, which is able to “synchronize itself” to the rhythm of the music, which causes pleasure. “It’s like a toy for the brain,” that also stimulates creativity. For years, we've been quoting the influence of music study on the develop of children, that's old news.
What's so interesting is this research that music is about bonding and communication. We strive to create music community thrives on the bonds we develop. We have four community groups right now as well as our private lesson program, where wonderful music mentors work with developing musicians. I would also say that we strive to bond with you when you come to our store, as we discuss your music needs and dreams.
Golden Music supports your music connections!
All data for this blog came from: https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/what-is-the-purpose-of-music/ Joana Oliviera