HOW HAS CLASSICAL MUSIC CHANGED THE WORLD How has classical music changed the world we live in? The world we live in has changed but Classical music has remained the same. Classical music isn’t really prevalent in today’s society. Classical music doesn’t appeal to this generation. Classical music is more appreciated by older generations. Classical Music is not as popular today as it used to be. It has been around for hundreds of years and it is the oldest type of music out there. Classical music is very complex in nature. Classical music has grown distant from the culture we live in.
The rest of the world changed but classical music has remained the same. Classical music hasn’t kept up with the world, so the world has been leaving it behind. Classical music concentrates too much on repertoire from the past. Classical music remains classic and doesn’t appeal to this generation, but there are some benefits. Listening to classical music can develop brain power, aid in learning, create relaxation, and reduces stress. Although Classical Music hasn’t significantly changed or impacted the world; there are some benefits to listening to classical music.
No matter what type of music you listen to now on any radio stations, whether it is pop, hip-hop, rock rap, or r&b, chances of that music staying the same and being around for the next couple hundred years are very slim. Music of today is always evolving and changing; but at the same time, you will still be hearing the timeless classic sounds of an orchestra or a single instrument playing classical music. Classical music stays the same never evolving to change with the world. There are deep disconnects between classical music and the society we live in.
Classical music lives in a conservative space; whereas music of today is contemporary with a beat. Classical music has continued to retreat from our culture. Classical music really does sit in a world all on its own, far away from our current culture. Today’s culture is more laid back and informal, whereas classical music is way too conservative, stuffy and uptight. With the emergence of country, rock, r&b, jazz and hip-hop music, contemporary music of today, outside the classical world, has a beat.
Classical music doesn’t have a beat because so much of it was written long ago, before the beat of rock, country, r&b, hip-hop and jazz had evolved. Classical music doesn’t carry the sound of contemporary life compared to all the other genres of music in the world today. We now find in the arts serious modern dance, set to music with a beat. Broadway musicals might have a beat. Concerts held in auditoriums and arenas have music with a beat. Music in the movies has a beat. We see music with a beat referred to in novels and poetry, and in serious plays.
Classical music doesn’t reflect the current of everyday life because the music played at classical performances comes from the past. Classical music lives in a world of its own, not the contemporary world the classical audience lives, but not the world anyone outside classical music lives in, either. It seems like classical music can function as a museum, exhibiting works from the past. But museums of today now stress contemporary work, and much of it touches on everyday life, for example, contemporary art exhibits and photographs.
Plays, poetry, novels, and pop culture music of today all show the life and culture of our time. So why not classical music? Why classical music moved away from our culture and other arts didn’t. Is it because classical music creates a deeper, more personal, and more deeply emotional bond? Or because classical music – so much of it having no words to fix any meaning – can be considered ineffable, touching deep feelings that can’t be explained? Or is it because classical music – the most expensive of the performing arts – became preserve for the rich, something held out as proof of their cultural superiority?
Whatever the cause, classical music became, somehow, an almost sacred rite set apart from everyday life. Research has shown that listening to classical music makes you smarter. Listening to classical music stimulates the creative pathways in the human brain. Classical music has been found to reduce tension and enhance brain power and specific types of intelligence such as verbal ability and spatial-temporal reasoning. Because of this, Classical music has been found to be extremely beneficial for pregnant women.
Studies have shown that babies listening to classical music in the womb could benefit the baby by raising their intelligence and mental development. Not only is classical music a calming method for both mother and child, the music can help to prepare an unborn infant’s ears and brain for the outside world. Mothers can play the classical music for their baby by placing earphones around her belly. This theory of letting babies listen to the classical music by classical music genius Mozart in the womb became known as the “The Mozart Theory. During the 1990s, several research papers and popular books wrote about “The Mozart Theory,” which came to be called the “Mozart Effect”: an observed temporary, small elevation of scores on certain tests as a result of listening to Mozart’s music. The Mozart effect has been the subject of much research in recent years, after it was found that listening to Mozart’s music may increase specific types of intelligence. The approach has been popularized in a book by Don Campbell, and is based on an experiment suggesting that listening to Mozart temporarily boosted students brain development and intelligence.
The Mozart Theory indicate that listening to Mozart’s music makes you smarter, or that early childhood exposure, as early as in the womb, has a beneficial effect on mental development and induce a short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as spatial reasoning. This theory, the Mozart Effect, became so popular that in 1998, Zell Miller, the governor of Georgia proposed writing the Mozart effect into law. He asked for $105,000 per year to produce and distribute a classical music CD to every parent of a newborn child born in Georgia.
But it turned out a vote was unnecessary because Sony produced the albums for free, and they were included in gift packets at all Georgia hospitals upon discharge. Research has also found that classical music can help promote concentration and focus when studying for an exam. Listening to classical music can help people filter out distractions as well encouraging them to focus and study. Play classical music in the background as you study. This will increase the amount of information that your brain absorbs. Studies have shown that classical music has learning benefits when played while studying or sleeping.
Studies showed the effects of different background music while you study; research demonstrates that when you listened to classical music while studying, you will improve academic performance by 22%. Classical music is usually the top choice by experts for raising IQ. Almost everyone has heard that if you are exposed to classical music in the womb you’re more likely to be a genius. The Mozart effect has been the subject of much research in recent years, after it was found that listening to Mozart’s music may increase specific types of intelligence.
Classical music creates channels of neurons in the brain that stimulate creativity. Studies show that music trains the brain for higher forms of thinking. The soft gentle sounds of classical music can lull you into a highly relaxed state; calm your mind and body. Classical music can take your mind away from the daily grind of life we are forced to endure. In a way, listening to classical music is a form of meditation because it keeps our mind away from other things, stress and frustrations as we focus on the sounds.
Many doctors recommend it for stress relief and to even be played in the operating room during surgeries. Hospital studies have shown that where classical music is played, patients need fewer drugs after surgeries. The music calms and relaxes them, allowing their bodies to heal at a faster rate. It can lower blood pressure and increases the oxygen consumption by the heart. Studies have shown the positive effects and benefits of classical music as it relates to health and wellness.
Everything from hospital studies to birthing technique studies have resulted in classical music’s positive effect on not only our psyche’s, but on our overall health, as well. When the mind and body are calm, our blood flows better and distribute oxygen to our brain and body more evenly. Listening to classical music affects concentration and helps us to focus more clearly. Classical music can also reduce stress and blood pressure. It is compiled of high-frequency sounds and it is said by some studies that these sounds re-energize the cortex of the brain and it stimulates health.
It has been proven that classical music has the ability to calm moods and generate positive thoughts. It’s advised that you listen at times of the day when you are feeling agitated or slightly under the weather. Doing so will reverse any negative mood leaving you in a more relaxing and stress free state. In conclusion, the question was asked, how has classical music changed the world? Classical Music has not changed or impacted the world compared to other genres of music. Country, Jazz, Rock, R&B, and hip-hop music have evolved with the changing of time and culture.
Classical music continues to stay the same timeless classics music. Classical music seems stuck and out of date. There has been a decline in people listening to classical music since the 1980’s, with the exception of people 65 and older. Classical music just doesn’t appeal to our contemporary generation and culture of today. Even though classical music has done nothing to change the world, there are some benefits to listening. Listening to classical music can aid in developing brain power, intelligence and mental development, reduce stress, and create relaxation.