How music affects people

Music has numerous benefits for all aspects of society and is an extremely well-known form of entertainment

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Photo provided by http://www.thestanley.org/events/view/197/united-states-navy-band-concert

This image of the United States Navy Band represents that music is very diverse and represented in many different ways throughout our society.

Cristina Himelhoch, Staff Writer

Music is a universal language. It allows for people from different cultures and backgrounds to communicate without translating languages. Music can make people feel different emotions depending on their individual interpretations of the sounds that they hear. The arts have been part of world culture for thousands of years as a form of expressing how we think, act, and feel. The arts also are a creative outlet that have allowed and helped so many people, such as Frida Kahlo, to cope with and adapt to different situations that occur in life. She used painting to express her emotions after suffering extreme injuries that left her bedridden for many months.

For me, the arts carry the same meaning as they did thousands of years ago. Playing the flute has given me a way to unwind after a long day. After practicing, I always find myself in a better mood. Music has taught me discipline, responsibility, motivation, determination, and the importance of setting short-term and long-term goals. I have seen music work its magic when introducing it to children with special needs. When the children hear the music and play the instruments, they instantly smile and try to understand how the sounds are created.

Music has evolved and changed over the years, but has always provided the same purpose to society. It serves as a form of entertainment and an outlet for people to express their emotions and creativity. Most people are affected by music on a daily basis. Whether it is as simple as listening to a song on the radio or actually having a career in music, most of our population depends on music in some way. Senior Pamela Breda says, “I listen to music every day, especially when I’m driving. Without music I would be very bored.” Senior Hannah Edmonds adds that “Music is so important to me that without it, I think I would go insane.” Without music or the arts, life would be dull and  computerized as if we were all  going through the motions and not living life to its fullest extent.