The Impact of Music on Us

Music is a form of art; an expression of emotions through harmonic frequencies. A form of entertainment that puts sounds together in a way that people like, find interesting or dance to.

That’s what Wikipedia has to say about music, and yes, it’s certainly true. But for most, music can have a much greater role, a role that is unique to each individual. Wavelengths computed differently depending on the personal perspective of one’s immediate environment.

In this article, we discuss the impact music has on an individual, and in a short video, we turn to our students to ask for their verdict.

It wouldn’t be far-fetched to compare music to, say, food for example. Different foods bring about different physical reactions. We desire and consume multiple food ‘types’ to fulfil a purpose, whether we are consciously aware of that purpose or not. From the food, we draw nutrition, simple chemical compounds and energy to run our bodies.

Music is an audible wave of pressured sound, absorbed by our ears as well as the rest of the body. Those waves or ‘songs’, if perceived favourably by your brain, trigger the release of dopamine to inflict actual physical reactions in your body. Noted in popular culture as the chemical of pleasure, dopamine can in a matter of moments, turn your frown upside down, improve your social swagger and motivate you to tackle even the toughest of tasks that might lay ahead.

Of course, dopamine does an awful lot more than just make you happier, it changes the way your blood is distributed around your body, it initiates different actions in certain organs and enables the cognitive ability of your brain, but perhaps that’s all getting a little too sciencey for this particular article!

The point is, music is therapy in a very real sense. The nature of that therapy is relative, it’s entirely down to the individuals’ needs and wants at any given time. If you want to feel more confident and grind up some motivation, yes it can help you; if you want to unlock and overcome sadness from a recent loss, yes it can help you too.

Whether you are listening to the music of others or learning to play an instrument yourself – music is undoubtedly our super-weapon of choice, and at SOPM we teach you how to harness this mighty tool.

In the below video, we ask a few of our students how music has impacted them during their time with SOPM.

At SOPM our team of tutors and ever-growing repertoire of facilities is here to enable and nurture every aspect of musical development.

For more information on how we can help adorn your inner Adele or amplify your acoustic Zappa, explore our website, it’s full of information about our syllabus, saturday sessions, vocal tuition, ukulele club, private lessons and more.

You can also call us on 01481 244833 or email and a member of our team will be pleased to help you further.

Fun Fact – Did You Know?

In a recent study, scientists used a fMRI machine to examine the activity of the nucleus accumbens while people listened to music. Researchers played 60 clips of novel songs to participants and then they asked how much money the participants would pay for the song. The more activity the music created in the nucleus accumbens, the more people were willing to spend. In theory then, if record labels could identify which songs stimulate the most activity, they could then predict which songs are most likely to sell, and if their greedy reputation precedes them, we could well see certain song prices rise based upon their likeliness to arouse the nucleus accumbens!