Thursday, 20 October 2016

What can music do for you?

As I am writing this, in the background I am listening to Prelude and Fungue №1 in C major, BWV 846, from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier, Gulda Pianist. To simplify, I am listening to a classical piece by Johann Sebastian Bach from 1685.
A musical piece that contains 50–80 beats per minute. I’ll explain why this matters as well the overall understanding of music, what it consists off, and how we use it to our advantage.
Why am I listening to classical music? Through the pattern recognition of the notes, I am able to tune out and focus on my thoughts and control my emotions.
Have you ever listened to music that you are well familiar with only to find yourself deep in thought and actually not remembering the music playing at all? Tuning out while being tuned in.
This happens because you go into and automated state. It is the same as driving, when you drive down a familiar route you tend to forget the drive itself and how you actually got to your destination.
But you did get to your destination safe and you disregard the fact that you forgot anything along the way.
Music is like that, although we consciously don’t perceive it, unconsciously it is doing something special.
Today I will have the privilege to attend a Strike a Chord Gala. This sounds like a rock or classical concerto, however, the purpose behind this is actually much greater than what you might think.
The gala is raising money for music therapists. That’s right, people can get help in improving their mental or physical well-being through music.
“Music therapy improves health in several domains, such as cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional development, social skills, and quality of life, by using music experiences such as free improvisation, singing, and listening to, discussing, and moving to music to achieve treatment goals.”Wikipedia
Music is a tool that has been used for centuries. It can uplift your mood, calm you down when your stressed, and

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