It is often said that music is food to the soul, this is no exaggeration for music is like a language of its own, more elaborate, fluid and powerful. There are many types of music and various instruments for making music, from drums to pianos to vintage guitars. No matter the type of music or the instrument used to make it, music is a means that people can communicate their intentions, emotions, and parts of themselves that mere words cannot comprehensively convey. Music can ease communication with people that find it hard to communicate due to physical or mental disabilities, this is part of the reasons music therapy is a vibrant field. Music can have profound effects on people, whether physical or emotional, or both, it can communicate things subtly, music can be used for adverts, in social settings and it is also an inextricable part of the culture. Music is a major aspect of communication, both symbolic and literal. In this article, we will explore some of the communication benefits of music.
Communication Benefits of Music
- Music Helps to Maintain Concentration: in communication, it is of utmost importance to concentrate on what is being said to you and what you are saying, a lack of this can result in miscommunication and the information that you had desired to pass will not be effectively passed and received. This problem can be solved with music because music is very interesting and easy to concentrate on for a long time, using music to communicate can effectively solve the concentration problem and your information will be passed better and on a deeper level.
- Music Aids Eye Contact and Nonverbal Communication: when you incorporate music into communication you cannot help but engage in nonverbal communication including eye contact which in turn increases the effectiveness of communication.
- Development of Vocabulary: music encourages the use of words and weaving these words with other words to form rhymes and rhythm, music also involves the use of repetition, all these develops the vocabulary of people and our communication is better for it.
- Development of Sentence Construction: as already stated, music involves the repetition of words and sentences, hearing them repeatedly helps us to better appreciate their meaning and understand what they convey. When you understand music well your ability to construct sentences whether simple or complex is bound to increase.
- Phonological Appreciation: communication involves many aspects and to communicate effectively you need to have a sound grasp of phonology. Your appreciation for syllables, rhythms, alliteration, and rhyme can take your communication skills to the next level whether written or verbal. You would be able to break words down to their smallest components, know their meaning and sounds, and rearrange them. There is no form of communication that does this better than music, this will benefit your ability to communicate tremendously.
- Music aids the understanding of sequencing in communication: all languages have rules just like music, one of these rules is sequencing. This is the order in which components in a form of communication is presented to make the most sense, be it the way words in a sentence are presented or sounds in a word or sentences in a body. Music makes it easier to understand sequencing and this benefits communication.
- Healing of the Body and Soul: music as a deep form of communication has helped people in innumerable ways, music can help you express your emotions, vent your anger and frustration, people can understand how you feel better when you communicate through music because they feel it deeper. After you engage in all these you can find inner peace. Medical research has shown that there are many health benefits of music which include regulating your breathing, improving your emotions, and helping to lift depression as well as increasing your motor skills.
There are many benefits of music, I hope our exploration of some of them in this article enlightens you.