Critical Question- Is music just a source entertainment or is it much more than that?

Critical Question-

Is music just a source entertainment or is it much more than that?

The Oxford Dictionary states music as: Vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.

The Google Dictionary states music as: The art or science of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.

Many people have different views for this question, some people think that music is a great therapeutic use which can change your emotions, and others think that music is simply there to keep you busy on the long train rides to and from school. I believe I already know what I think of music, but for the soul purpose of this, I will not state what I believe music is.

According to a forum music has been around for a very long time. Apparently the Big Bang was a beat, which actually surprised me quite a bit. Also on the forum it confirms that cavemen did create music, it may not have been the astonishing opera that we have today, but it was defiantly noise created in a harmony, which both Dictionaries state is music. For the cavemen, music might not have meant anything to them and did not change their feeling, but we will never know this for sure.

On Wednesday last week, we had a music trail, and on that trail we visited a Music Therapy session. The woman then gave us instruments and told us to play different feelings, these feeling were: Happy and Angry and they all sounded extremely different. The lady then explained to us how music can change how someone can feel, and she told us that if you are feeling depressed listening to certain music can make you fall further into depression, while listening to other music can lift you out of depression. Basically what she means is that music can change the way you feel, it can make you feel happier, sadder or the same in some occasions. This concept of music being able to change your emotion and thoughts is very strongly backed by both the Oxford and Google Dictionaries.

Thementalmind.com states that “It has been proven by scientists that music helps people relax, release stress, inspire, and motivate us.” This yet again is strongly backed by both the dictionaries that I have said before.  According to a different website called soundscapemusictherapy.com music can help you sleep. It states that “Music is one of the factors that can improve the length and quality of your sleep.” This is interesting though because a different website named boards.ie music can bad to use to go to sleep since it can interrupt sleep patterns, make it difficult to fall asleep and even claims that without music you cannot sleep since you are used to hearing a certain song or melody.

I had my mind made up from the very start that Music is much, much more than just a source of entertainment. Music is used to express yourself and your feelings, and for many people is the only way they can let off steam or relax or even just forget about something for a while. I love listening to music and I feel that my attitude, my feelings and thoughts can be changed simply by listening to music; I also know that many people can determine what type of person you are, by simply looking at what songs you listen to. So, to sum it all up, I will say that No, music is not just a source of entertainment and Yes, it is much more than that.

 Websites…  (I forgot what this was called :/)

Emusictheory.com         Oxford Dictionary

Google Dictionary          Thementalmind.com

Soundscapemusictherapy.com        boards.ie

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One thought on “Critical Question- Is music just a source entertainment or is it much more than that?

  1. Week 8 – Critical Question Assessment

    Sam,

    I am impressed with your efforts to incorporate both research and definitions into your response to this question – doing so has strengthened your work and has provided you with a framework through which you have developed your argument.

    It is so valuable to state your opinion from the outset! I have the sense that you are trying to leave room for multiple perspective before coming to a decision about your beliefs – however, hinting at your opinion while refusing to state it can weaken your overall response.

    Keep an eye out for sneaky misspellings! Both times your spelling was correct, however the word that you used created a different meaning… One was soul [the intangible part of us – if you believe in souls] vs. sole [singular – the only one]. The other was a common typo: definitely [for sure] vs. defiantly [arguing against, rebelling]. It’s helpful to get into the habit of picking up on these sorts of typos 🙂

    Music is clearly very important to you, I have noticed that in class when you are the homework DJ 🙂 I wonder what kind of person I would be perceived as being if someone was to analyse my tastes!?

    🙂
    Tamar

    Coherence of argument: level 1 of 1
    Use of evidence: level 1.5 of 2
    Further Research: level 1 of 1
    Multiple Perspectives: level 1.5 of 2
    Critical Thinking: level 0 of 1
    Expression & language use: level 1 of 1

    These levels refer to the

    Assessment Rubric.

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