Music is considered to be “the universal language of mankind.” Music is a combination of lyrics, a melody, and a beat that together can produce beauty of form, harmony and expression of emotion. But music therapy is more than what the artist has sung or written. Music therapy is malleable, and when you listen to it, you can take all those sounds and words and beats and mold it into something that holds meaning to you. Science has proven again and again that music can truly alter the chemicals in your brain, and whether it makes you feel sorrowful or joyful or wistful, music is omnipotent.
Three Components of Music Listening
The music listening experience is made up of three different components:
neural (how our brains respond),
physiological (how our bodies respond), and
emotional (whether we feel happy or sad as we listen).
Music therapy has healing and calming properties that no medically prescribed medication has. It’s proven that music therapy can help lower the heart rate and blood pressure of patients, helping lessen their anxiety and fear during their tough stays at hospitals. Listening to music before, during and after a surgery has also dramatically reduced the pain and anxiety that patients experience. Something that was just a few words and a tune has now remarkably become a catalyst for joy and calm in an otherwise stressful situation.
According to Tim Greer, the leader of the music-therapy study conducted by Neuroscience News, “It’s really all about contrast. If a song is loud throughout, there’s not a lot of dynamic variability and the experience will not be as powerful as if the composer uses a change in loudness.” Changes in the music’s texture also instigate a response, for example if a new instrument enters an orchestral piece our brain is excited by the development.
Scientists have found that this particular emotion is seen in what is called galvanic skin response – we sweat when instruments exit and enter music and when the piece crescendo or decrescendo. The same study had volunteers listen to happy and sad music while hooked up to an MRI and by using AI, scientists gleaned the volunteers’ moods experienced heavy changes. Greer commented on this saying that, “using this research, we can design musical stimuli for therapy in depression and other mood disorders.”
Bellachorda's partnership with the Children’s Music Fund advocate to bring light and hope into the lives of sick kids by providing them music therapy, where the pluck of a guitar or the stroke of a violin can abade some of the harsh realities of a hospital room. However, music supports everybody, which is why Bellachorda has expanded to provide #SongsOfComfort Episodes and Music Therapy Events to the public. Check out our Music and Your Mentality blog post series as well here. Feel free to explore the rest of this page and our website to make the most out of your experience with Bellachorda.