What are some of the uses or functions of music?

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Music is the organized movement of sounds through a range of time. Music plays a great role in our life, and it exists in a large number of styles, each representing a particular area. Clearly, music is not easy to define, and yet historically most people have or not a given sound is musical. A proper consideration of music should involve the musical sound itself; but it should also deal with the concepts leading to its existence, with its particular forms and functions in each culture, and with the human behavior that produces the sound.

Although music has been a historical hit parade, since vey ancient times, modern science testifies to the fact that some of the networks in the human brain seem to be exclusively dedicated to music. This has also encouraged neuroscientists to rethink their ideas on the nature of intelligence. To pick a commonplace example: listening to their favorite tune can help children/adults work better with words, math’s, and also make an improved effort in sport. That’s not all. Expand your creative instincts, boost your IQ/EQ, control pain, motivate etc., too. In other words, music is a great way to manage your psyche for success.

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What has been most exciting, today, is the discovery of effect of music on the brain. Music, researchers suggest, might derive more cognitive powers from its unique ability to access both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Says Elizabeth Miles, a noted ethnomusicologist: “Maybe, be you think of yourself as left brain if you’re analytical or word-driven type or right-brain if you’re creative or visual. In general, the left brain handles symbolic activities, like language and logic, while the right brain is responsible for direct perception, including spatial tasks and abstract intuitive leaps.”

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