-Master Arnav Sawant – Std VIII
(This article was published in Times NIE, 26th March 2018)
More than 2,000 years have passed since humans discovered music. Music is an art of sound that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody etc. It started out as a simple striking of materials that produced sounds and later developed with the inventions of musical instruments. Music has been very popular to people, not only to adults but also to teenagers and children. Its popularity can be attributed to the components of music such as lyrics and artists.
“Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on us like slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones”.
Music has been used for hundreds of years to treat illnesses. They have found that:
- Music brings order and security to distressed children. It encourages coordination and communication
- Listening to music on headphones reduces stress and anxiety in hospital patients before and after surgery and can relieve depression in elderly people
Today’s life gives very little time for a relaxed session where you can rest your senses. The fast pace and stress involved with daily lives can take a toll on you, but the answer to this is not too far away, as music is all around us. All we need to do is listen to it.
Music has the power to make us smile, and bring us to all types of tears. It can carry us back in time and inspire us to dance in the moment. For all our happiest days, there is music. So, turn up the volume, close your eyes and let the music take over your soul.