Music Helped Students Connect with Their Feelings
Life without music can be dull. Almost everyone in the world is exposed to music early on in life, usually in the form of lullabies and nursery rhymes. Aside from enabling us to channel our creative self-expression, it also provides a safe outlet for all the angst that teenagers usually go through. It serves as our constant companion in daily life, from upbeat tunes during our early morning jog to relaxing sounds before bedtime.
Music is something that reaches deep into people’s hearts and souls. It adds emotion to our life experiences, from birthdays, to weddings, to funerals. Even film makers appreciate its importance to their craft; that’s why they add background music to emphasize scenes, be they drama, comedy, or action.
Furthermore, recent studies show that certain types of music are crucial in the mental and emotional development of babies and very young children. Not only that, older people who suffer from heart problems as well as bedridden patients in hospices can benefit from music, which proves to be a great way to regulate blood pressure, unwind and relax.
As a form of art, music has played a significant role in civilizations and cultures around the globe. The importance of music had already been appreciated centuries earlier in various parts of the world. The ancient Chinese, for instance, taught students how to play a particular instrument as part of their four-class program.
There are a lot of cultural references to music; it has been used and continues to be used as a way to unite people in social gatherings, whether the purpose is to give thanks and celebrate or to mourn. Just like any other form of art, music evokes feelings. Still, it remains more accessible than other types of art. Not everyone can paint or appreciate art on canvas; and although not everyone can play a musical instrument, almost everyone enjoys and appreciates one type of music or another.
Music was taught in the medieval university as well. It was the third among four major areas covered in the Quadrivium or the higher division of the liberal arts; the first and second being arithmetic and geometry, and the last being astronomy. Music was essentially the study of the space between one note and another or the interval between them, with the goal of recognizing, understanding as well as creating sound patterns as they moved through time. Although basically composed of pitch, rhythm and dynamics, there are more types and styles of music than can be accounted for.
As part of their well-rounded education, students in the medieval university would study music and learn to interpret and detect the spaces between notes and their relation with other notes. This helped students tap into their creative side, and not just on mere intellect. They learned how to open up and balance their intellect with their feelings, honing them into equally intelligent and sensitive individuals. This early idea remains to be adapted to this day and taught in some of the most prestigious music universities around the world.