What Music Does to the Brain
You may not know this but, it is true, classical music and music in its purest form, in fact makes your brain better. The work that is put into curating a piece of music is absolutely unimaginable. Not to mention, it could be a big flop. Like most of Nicki Minaj’s or Aaron Carter’s basic noise. These “musicians” and others like them make music that will give you a headache or stare at your YouTube video, eyes bugged out, and you profusely salivating like the main character in ‘Get Out’. However, if we look at true artists. Those whose goal is to tell their audience a story or convey a message weighing on their heart. Now those musicians are true artist and have developed their art in such a magnificent way, it often makes their audience cry. Like Sade. You may want to say all of this is debatable.
However, consider these three things:
- Musicians must know their way around their instrument
- Musicians must be dedicated to succeed
- They can never stop learning
Musicians Must Know Their Craft
Similar to athletes, musicians must learn the ins and outs of whatever instrument they choose to pursue. This means a musician must spend a significant amount of time learning and practicing how to read music or, for some, listen to the same song repeatedly, hand positions, air flow, etc. Not only do musicians need to master all of these tasks and more, they also have to go through grade school. It is important to note that the earlier you start an instrument or learning music in general, the easier it is for your brain to wire itself to recognize and create music.
Musicians Must Be Dedicated
It is undeniable for any master of an art that dedication is a requirement. You can be a piano prodigy, but if you only play once a week for an hour, you limit your capacity to grow. In a field in which the market is absolutely flooded, in order to break through the sound barrier, you must stand out. One of the only ways to stand out is to pour your blood, sweat, tears, and, in some cases, your skin into becoming skilled in [insert favorite music instrument here].
Musicians Can Never Stop Learning
Beethoven did not write his infamous Sonata over night, and my best friend didn’t learn how to resurface and repair pool decks his first day on the job. The point is, music has so many depths, styles, and methods to communicate the feeling the song is meant to convey. Music is similar to Van Gogh’s ‘Mona Lisa’, no matter the audience, one song can speak to a person in various ways. Like the Mona Lisa’s eyes seem to follow you in various directions. Although the known keys and pitches may not change, the influence the musician has on them through their posture is what moves audiences.
The amount of training musicians put their brains through is insurmountable. They have cultivated synoptic connections that are undoubtedly unique to them and them alone. A true musician cannot be copied, their art cannot be stripped, because they have accomplished what many of us cannot. They have placed emotion, experiences, and imagery into a 3 minute, 4 minute, or 10 minute song that will bring a crowd to their feet in applause.
What do you think? Does music make the brain better? Let us know in the comment section!