Friday, February 25, 2011

Advantages and Disadvantages of Music. ;)


Listening to good and soulful music will help you attain self improvement and have a better quality of life. You can do your household chores after turning on some good music and you will never feel the strain. Also you can use music for motivation. Music can definitely change your state of mind and make you more relaxed and happy. By listening to stimulating music you tend to become more relaxed.

You can also use music for intelligence. In this case music stimulates creativity by creating channels of neurons in the brain. Research has proved that music tunes the brain to higher planes of thinking. Music therapy is an emerging arena of health care in which music is used to heal patients fighting cancer, children with reading/writing problems and others. Many health care facilities also make use of music to help patients fight depression, cope with pain and ease muscle tension. There are plenty of other advantages associated with music therapy as music impacts the mind and body in many ways that are powerful. Given below are some of the advantages of listening to soulful music which helps to reiterate the importance of music therapy.

With respect to brain waves, studies have shown that music with strong beats can help bring alert thinking and better concentration there by promoting calm and a meditative state. Also music can bring changes in brain activity levels which will enable it to shift speeds very easily on its own. This in turn can lead to a healthy state of mind. Music can also alter the heart rate and breathing functions and there by improve the relaxation response by causing slower and relaxed breathing. This is the reason why music therapy is largely used to counteract the damages caused by chronic stress and thereby leads to promotion of all-round health. Music helps to create a positive bent of mind and helps to stay away from depression. This can lead to better levels of optimism and creativity and a lot of other benefits. Because of all these advantages and positive effects physically, many view music as a crucial factor which helps the body to fight diseases and to stay healthy.


A major disadvantage of music in today's society is that a large majority of popular musicians are making and selling their music for no reason other than to make money. I'll define "popular" more clearly- almost anything on a top hits chart, a lot of music played on commercial radio, bands that have their name on walmart t-shirts, etc. There are of course always exceptions to this, but most of these bands and musicians don't make music because its a way of expressing yourself and communicating with others; they present themselves and their music because they want to make money. Giant record labels aren't signing bands because they think they're really talented and make great music, they're signing bands that will be easily marketed to an audience; bands that will sell the most Cd's downloads, t-shirts, and concert tickets.

Luckily, for those of us who can not stand the top 40 hits that get played over and over and over

on the radio, there exists independent musicians, bands, labels, radio stations, etc.