What is music? According to Oxford Advance Learner’s Dictionary, music is defined as a sounds that are arranged in a way that is pleasant or exciting to listen to. Music has great power as it provides mental benefits to human. These benefits are emotional benefits, educational benefits, and health benefits.
First mental benefit of music to human is emotional benefit (Adjemian, 2006; Changizi, 2009). According to Adjemian (2006), people can get better mood when listen to music. They can reduce their mental confusion by listening to the appropriate song. Most people listen to certain song to improve their moods. For example, when we feel angry, we usually listen to music that more to rock genre. We sang along with the lyrics and scream out to express our anger. When doing so, our mood will calm slowly. Most people also have their own favorite songs depending on their situation. Sometimes when we in sad emotion, we usually listen to sentimental song because it suits with our emotion. Changizi (2009) states that music have a great impact on the emotionally ratings of our faces. For example, a happy person when listens to happy song, he or she will become even happier but a sad song cause a sad people become even sad. It is clearly shown on their face.
Second mental benefit of music to human is educational benefits (Adjemian, 2006; Rebholz, 2005; Mullaney, 2011). According to Adjemian (2006), people who study music can get better grades in their studies. This has been proven that Hungary, Japan and Netherlands are the top three academic countries in the world. These countries made music education as one of their priority subjects in every school. They also always involved and participated in music. In addition, human brain has the similar patterns as musical note. Composing a music will enhance not only our language learning, but also math skills and social skills. Besides, different genres of music can give a
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