The Relationship between Music and Emotions

music and emotions


Music and emotion are closely related and connected to each other. This is why music is considered as one of the most intimate form of expression. In one of the most criticised definition, music has been described as a fabrication that uses mathematical manipulation of sounds being put together to provoke emotional response.

Love songs or romantic music has been used in courtship because it is deeply associated with emotions. It can effectively communicate the lovers’ feelings. Just like poetry, music uses well crafted lyrics to either give hope, pleasure and joy. There are also music that can uplift you on times of sadness and disappointment. It can also stir up your faith, love, joy and other emotions.

Science has also found a meaningful relationship between music and emotions. Hence, music is currently utilised as aid to treat children with communication disorders. Some of these disorders include autism in children and Alzheimer’s disease in adults. According to research conducted by Northwestern University, it was found that a human’s brain responds to music in a particular manner. Music plays a critical role in perceiving emotions.

The ability of perceiving emotions in music is thought to develop early in children. It improves significantly as the child matures. It is largely associated with culture and is influenced by cultural inclinations. There are two schools of thoughts that have given their approaches to music. According to Cognitivists approach, music displays emotions but does not allow the listener to display his emotional feelings. However Emotivists argue that music affects and elicits emotional responses in the listener.

There are specific features of music that are associated with particular emotions. Tempo is one of the features that is considered very important. There are also other factors such as melody, mode and loudness which influence emotional valence of any piece of music. Tempo creates excitement and can cause anger as well. Slow tempos are associated with serenity and sadness.

Harmonies too affect emotions. If they are complementing they bring happiness, serenity and relaxation. However, if the harmonies are clashing, they can create anger, excitement and unpleasantness. Smooth rhythm offers happiness and peace while irregular and rough music can elicit uneasiness. Varied rhythm on the other hand elicits joy.

The way a piece of music is executed by a performer determines how it will impact on the emotions of the listeners. If the performers have the ability to be physically present in their performance, they can elicit some reasonable amount of emotions. The performers’ reputation and skills play a role in motivating the listeners. It affects them emotionally. That is why you will often find listeners singing alongside the performer.

There are also some features in the individual listener that contribute to how a particular music impacts on him emotionally. Similarly, the occasion and the location such as funeral or wedding determine the amount of emotions that a particular music will elicit. The presence of certain factors may also influence and affect the emotions of a child. Thus, emotions may be high if more factors are present. Similarly, the absent of these factors may reduce the emotions associated with a particular piece of music.

Music As An Art Form

music is an art

It has been said the world over that music is the language of the world. Music is a form of art that doesn’t require you to understand the language to enjoy it. It can be used to portray the same emotions in different parts of the world. The compositions of music are rhythm, pitch and dynamics. The texture of music can change and be altered through timbre variation and pitch distortion.

Art is described as a way through which humans express their creativity and imaginations. This is done through various forms which include music, painting and sculpting among others. Music arises from the rendition of beautifully crafted words to form a flow that is rhythmic in nature. The process of composing music in itself is an art. This is because the composers have to express their emotions on various happenings around them.

Music can be divided into three sub categories under art. There are three categories of music as a form of art. These categories include performing arts, auditory art and fine art. Performing arts entail the rendition of music in front of crowds of people or else an audience. It is a live form of presenting music as an art. Auditory art is the process of producing and composing a unified rendition through harmony rhythm and harmony. Music as in other form of art has no defined standard and varies from culture to culture.

Music can also be presented using musical instruments. These are various forms of equipment crafted to produce sweet sounds through various manipulations. Musical instruments come in a wide range of variety and need expert to produce the highest quality of sounds. These instruments date back to historic times. Some were even fashioned out of animal bones for the love of music.

One form of art that never changes is the art that is passed down from one generation to the other. As it is with all other forms of art, music is handed down from different culture and has different forms of music. Thus, emphasising the fact that music is diverse as other forms of art.

Music can be classified into different categories and can be used to express various emotions. It can also be classified into different genres which employ different types of instruments. It can be made into different renditions to produce unique sounds which are associated with the different genres. Music is the largest form of art that has influenced many people and their lifestyle.

Various music composers and music lovers extend their music influence to their day to day life. This is apparent in the way they are adopting this behaviour and even in their mode of dressing. The music industry rewards those who produce extraordinary music. As in other arts, the higher your quality of work the more precious the work is worth.

Music is transmitted through various forms of media. The transmission of music has however changed over time from public renditions to public systems and to commercial distributions through radio stations till the digital era where the music industry underwent an overhaul.

Music that was traditionally created through beautifully crafted instruments is now being created digitally. This goes to show that music is a dynamic form of art that will continue to impact many people’s lives for centuries and centuries to come.