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by Jennifer Hom

The Magic of Music

Make a Joyful Noise

First blog post of Monmouth Civic Chorus

By now it’s common knowledge, especially in developed countries, that music is powerful and has many benefits. There is a correlation between music and mathematical aptitude, creativity, health, and coordination and teamwork in certain cases. The magic of music can perhaps best be seen by the impact on society overall, most notably in the sense of community and connection.

“It’s a beautiful way to feel. You are not alone but with others who feel the same way.” – Bjorn Vickhoff, musicologist, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg

Take Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, for example. It’s an iconic piece that would drive fear into the heart of ‘Alex DeLarge’ (Malcolm McDowell) in A Clockwork Orange. (Alas, aversion therapy, which society at large was all the better for it.)

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But, ordinarily, the “ode to joy” is more likely to evoke appreciation from the rest of the world, as evidenced by this video having received over 9 million views.

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Research by physiologists indicate that the brain waves get synchronized when people perform music together. Scientific findings show that not only does synchronization occur among these musicians, but also between musicians and their audience.

“We are exploring the possibility that brain rhythms are not merely a reflection of mental activity but a cause of it, helping shape perception, movement, memory and even consciousness itself.” – Gregory Hickock, professor of cognitive science, University of California, Irvine

If you’re like me, who is unabashedly more rock than classical, then this recent newsworthy event by Rockin’ 1000 may strike a stronger chord to illustrate the point.

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Music can brighten someone’s day and create a ripple effect of positivity and love.

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Music can help foster skills essential to humanity: diligence; collaboration; communication; empathy; and appreciation.

Music can break down barriers, bridge cultures, and build people up.

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And that truly displays the magic of music.

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