12 October 2018
The Power of Music
Music is such a powerful thing. It can help you get through a bad day, or even make a good day better. Music is something that I always have playing throughout my day. It’s the first thing I hear in the morning, and it’s the last thing I hear at night. Even during school when we’re not allowed to have our phones out, I’m always making beats by tapping pens against the desk and bobbing my head to the rhythm. Music is so much more than just pre-recorded sound. It’s an emotional experience, a roller-coaster that expresses feelings and thoughts. Good evening ladies and gentlemen, my name is Peter Sauer and I will be talking about the power of music.
Hopefully, everyone here knows the feeling of listening to their favorite album or playlist. I’m not sure about you, but I’m always jamming out with the music and singing along. When I do this, all my problems go away, and I just feel fantastic. This is because of a neurotransmitter called dopamine. When you’re listening to something you love, your brain releases this chemical. This chemical is responsible for making you feel good. It’s the same chemical that is released when you are eating food or sleeping. Your brain is rewarding you. This is why you’re usually in a better mood when music is playing. Scientists still don’t understand why you brain does this in response to music. Low levels of dopamine can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life, affecting them both mentally, and physically. Many mental health disorders are linked to low levels of dopamine. Although music can’t cure mental illness, it can definitely help.
Music changes how you feel. You become sad if you’re listing to depressing music, and you become happy if the song is joyful and upbeat. With this in mind, music can be...