Music: A perfect influence on society and education.
Updated: Sep 15, 2021
Many people know of the effects that music generates in the body and emotions. For example, a simple melody can completely change a stressful situation or just pass from sadness to happiness in a matter of seconds. Furthermore, music has great power on education and in building better societies.
Multiple authors throughout history have established connections between music and society, as well as the capacity of music’s messages of influencing people. One of the most notorious examples is what Jaime Hormigos and Antonio Martín Cabello settled on 'La Construcción De La Identidad Juvenil a Través de la Música' (Youth Identity Construction Through Music) written for the Juan Carlos España University, where they assert that “the purpose of music is the expression and creation of feelings as well as transmitting ideas about a certain conception of the world”. Likewise, it suggests that music should not only be considered as part of the culture but also as a powerful element capable of both participating and influencing people’s social life. A key element to understanding this is the lyrics, considering that they are a way of transmitting specific messages that can make an impact on society members thanks to the communicative power. Therefore, both composers and singers have an important responsibility at the moment of choosing music as a way to advocate on people’s education, even more, if it's related to children in the early stages of life. Having this in mind might bring big benefits to little ones such as María Ángeles Sarget, Ph.D. in Pedagogy states: "Singing is an excellent way to develop linguistic skills".
Practicing a musical instrument may create affective ties to integrate teamwork and friendship.
Rhythms input physiological and motor skills development as well and it helps relax the body. Music’s power is tremendous, and among many other benefits, it has the potential to transform the people of tomorrow. That is why at Tierra and Friends we know and believe in the importance of involving children with rhythms, lyrics, and music, so that we can explore their capacities for the benefit of our world.
Ros, M. Á. S. (2003). La música en la educación infantil: Estrategias cognitivo-musicales. Ensayos: revista de la facultad de educación de Albacete, (18), 197.
Ruiz, J. H., & Cabello, A. M. (2004). La construcción de la identidad juvenil a través de la música. RES. Revista española de sociología, (4), 259-270.