Enter many quiet social settings, and a nervous awkwardness lingers in the air. Many people are reluctant to speak to those that they don’t know. Fidgety, and perhaps a bit fretful, some would rather find the nearest wall to cling to rather than mingle with others. Yet, invite music into the setting, and many of those apprehensive introverts become more relaxed and may even begin to socialize. Why?
Music provides a sense of connection. Whether transpiring through incredible instrumental arrangements or meaningful lyrics, music engages the bodies, minds, hearts, and souls of listeners and provides influential social experiences. In fact, many music aficionados have purported forming some of their closest friendships while listening to music or attending concerts. However, even for those who are not as invested into the music to which they are listening, the catchy fluctuation of tones can calm the nerves and enhance interaction. Music helps us to relate to one another through shared emotions and encounters. Music brings synchrony as it invites the body and mind to keep time with the beat, and as those that gather together share some of the same experiences of synchronizing to the music, they may begin to feel more at ease with others. They may also experience uplifted states of mood as happiness can be found in social connection. Moreover, music may help people to not only interact but also collaborate as they work harmoniously together.
The benefits that music brings as it connects people together can be witnessed in every facet of life, spanning from work to school, from home to social gatherings. Music invites people to share common goals and aspirations. It helps people to join forces in thinking creatively. It produces drive that assists in completing tasks. Work environments and sporting events are just a few of the settings in which music can often be found motivating teams to strive to achieve their goals. Many families and extracurricular school programs have also discovered that playing music in the background helps members of all ages to work together and accomplish their tasks. Furthermore, such locales as fitness centers and grocery stores place considerable emphasis on music as a means to help lift the morale of clients and aid them in completing desired actions. The ability that music has in assisting people to focus on accomplishing tasks may be attributed significantly to its inherent calming and yet captivating qualities. Music is one of the few sources that can help relieve tension, which would otherwise serve as a deterrence to inhibiting actions to be completed, while heightening anticipation. Not only does music assist us in working together but also in growing together. It helps us to grieve with one another, as well as to celebrate the championships of life together, and it encourages us to discover our voices and to work towards a unified vision. Additionally, as we share our experiences so that we can set examples for others to overcome, music helps us to make the loads of others a bit lighter as we bring hope and optimism through inspiring messages. Indeed the value of music is insurmountable. As it provides relaxation, motivation, a sense of achievement, and an eagerness to collaborate, music’s potential continues to upsurge.