There are two theories stating how World Music Day came into existence and people all across the globe accepted this as one of the cultural phenomena, expressing their love and emotion for music on the same day. Both the theories date back to 20th century France. As per the first one, 21st June was declared World Music day to mark the summer solstice in 1976. France based American artist Joel Cohen organised an all-night musical fest to celebrate this day, henceforth, it became famous in the world.
The second theory related to this day dates back to 1982 when French Minister (then) Jack Lang started Fête de la Musique, studying the positive impact of music on people. This festival became so popular that it urged even the commoners to come out on the street and celebrate the tuneful melodies. Since then, 21st June has been declared as World Music Day and musicians from 120 countries across the globe participate in various music concerts, pouring their heart out to celebrate the versatility of harmony.
Slowly and steadily, this global fest has become a part of the active pop culture and enthuses the aspiring musicians to create something new and fresh. Whatever be the theories, music has always been an integral part of our lives that not only provides entertainment but helps in a holistic development of our mind, body and soul. Hence, going by the theory of Jack Lang, music can also be used as a therapeutic form; a medical way to heal.
Check out 7 ways how music therapy can help revivify your mind body and soul:
- Music improves visual-verbal skills and increases concentration: As per the scientific and medical theories, practising a musical instrument not only sharpens ones’ musical abilities but also increases concentration, visual and verbal skills and perception; especially in the young ones.
- Music help patients who suffer from memory loss: Music has an amazing engaging ability. Hence, it acts as an awesome therapy for the patients who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Music is often used to recall memories, improve communication skills, and control anger.
- Music helps one recover from traumatic brain injuries: It’s medically proven that our left brain is responsible for the speech area and the right side is associated with all the creative activities, such as music. The right side can work around any injuries that are connected with the left side. Hence, people who suffer from traumatic brain injuries and the speech area gets affected, music can be one of the helpful therapies that can help restore the lost speech.
- Music reduces side effects of cancer treatments: Listening to any kind of music helps reduce the anxiety and stress that occurs due to the intense therapies of cancer – chemo and radiotherapy. It also prevents the after-effects of the therapies, such as nauseating tendencies and vomiting.
- Music enhances the learning process and acts as a motivational factor: Music is an easy tool through which we can learn or remember things very easily, just like we learnt the alphabets through a song. It also helps motivate people in various ways and increase the level of productivity.
- Music can affect ones’ judgement: According to a scientific report, music can affect how a person feel or react to any situation. Hence, it impacts the judgement of people.
- Music alleviates your mood: Music can definitely help alleviate your mood. Be it in extreme stress or after nasty fights, can you recall one incident where music was not able to make you smile? It just taps on our emotional system and helps us be calm and content, thereby uplifting our mood and soothing our soul.
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