I haven’t actually met one person in this life who doesn’t appreciate one kind of music. We all love to listen to that wonderful theme song from our favorite movie or the usual song that’s played over the radio every morning. We hum the wedding song of our best friend like it’s our own wedding song and we instantly feel magical!
“Research shows the benefits of music therapy for various mental health conditions, including depression, trauma, and schizophrenia(to name a few).” Molly Warren, MM, LPMT, MT-BC said. Music has various ways of penetrating through our minds and change the way we feel. It helps us relax, it makes us cry, it excites us, and often times it makes us feel so much better. Recently, a study on several employees in different workplaces has proven that music also has the capacity to increase productivity. Does it really?
Most of us turn to music to change the mood that we are feeling for the day or to set the tone of our atmosphere wherever we are. And despite the many distractions and methods that have been laid down before us these days – television, video games, computer, smartphones – we’ve always looked for a familiar tune or a fresh one to somehow help us move forward and progress throughout the day.
Music And Productivity
Going back to the study mentioned above, which was done by professors in a music therapy program, the said study showed that those employees who listened to their favorite music while they were working accomplished their jobs quickly and even presented better ideas than the rest of those who were working without music. However, there are specific genres of music that don’t have an effect on productivity and even worsen it. Some researchers reported that other types of music caused people to get distracted, unable to understand what they were reading, or experienced a decrease in the way they processed information. Thus, it proved that music could have a positive and negative on various kinds of individuals and at different circumstances. “It seems as though – I wouldn’t say music has special properties – but, it has the ability to distract or engage in ways that other stimuli don’t.” Neuropsychologist Daniel Levitin, PhD explains.
As for me, I can work well with jazz and mellow music, but I feel annoyed when rap or pop music is being played especially when I’m trying to read a mystery book that I need to understand. My sister, on the other hand, loves to listen to dance music when she’s studying for her midterm exams. She says she can process her notes much better. Perhaps these factors determine whether or not music is distracting or stimulating.
· The Lyrics Of The Song. Some lyrics of a song are simple enough that you don’t have to listen and understand them, which is why I guess it’s stimulating for my sister to listen to dance music because then she is more focused on the beat rather than the words of the song.
· The Type Of Task You Are Doing. This is obvious. When you’re multitasking at the office, like making phone calls and writing some notes, rock music can’t help you concentrate at all, but maybe instrumental or jazz music can. It helps you relax and be stimulated at the same time, making you do your work quickly and effectively.
· Genre And Structure Of The Song. I love Aerosmith but I don’t think it’ll get me to finish a speech that I’m making for a parents/teachers meeting. If I’m at home having a manicure, I can listen to the band playing She’s Amazing with a smile on my face.
There isn’t really one situation where music is effective for everyone because each of us turns to music for different reasons. “While music has long been recognized as an effective form of therapy to provide an outlet for emotions, the notion of using song, sound frequencies and rhythm to treat physical ailments is a relatively new domain.” Daniel J. Levitin, PhD said. Music impacts us in different ways too. Classical music, for example, is said to be stimulating to the brain, which usually works for those who are very young and do not understand the meaning of music, and those who are more mature. For those in between, they won’t probably appreciate it is\ being classical or being brain activating.
Did you hear of epic music? If you haven’t, then you are not someone who was born during the times when the epic was magical! The likes of the baby boomers and the millennials are some of the groups of individuals who love to listen to epic music to motivate them at work or just want some inspiration.
You might have listened to ambient music in bars or as background music in an airport, but you didn’t know it was called ambient. This type of music has instruments all over it. It can be lovely to the ears and you won’t mind listening to it in a crowded place like an airport or a café, because it’s tolerable as it is wonderful.
No matter what kind of music you want to listen on your specific type of mood each day, the point is that it has become a significant part of our lives and I couldn’t imagine living without it. Can you?