Updated: Feb 15, 2019
People listen to music for different reasons and at different times. Why is music important for many people?
Anthropologists suggest that music played a key role even in the earliest human societies and that every single culture in our modern world holds singing and playing musical instruments in high regard. Given the undisputed relevance of music, it is worth considering the function of this art form and the reasons behind its popularity.
Both performing and listening to music - from folk-songs and traditional forms to rap and heavy metal - have proven psychological benefits. Lullabies send children to sleep, piano concertos enable us to relax, pop music that makes us want to dance and forget our worries, and powerful acoustic pieces inspire us. Music can console us in our hour of need and, on occasions, make us feel overjoyed. There is a significant amount of evidence to suggest that those who love music are likely to be mentally and emotionally healthy.
Another point worth mentioning relates to music’s ability to bring us together. We feel strongly connected to others when music provokes the same emotion in all of us. For instance, millions feel proud on hearing their national anthem. This hymn unites us with our countrymen and countrywomen. Similarly, many of the world’s religions employ chants and songs in acts of worship, helping believers to feel at one with others who hold the same faith. In a related way, football teams and political parties use inspiring melodies to bring their supporters together.
Finally, the tremendous ability of music to help us recall past memories should not be forgotten. Hearing a beautiful sonata, aria or movie soundtrack can instantly transport us back to a wonderful moment in our past. For instance, whenever I hear a certain piece of jazz it reminds me of my joyful days as an undergraduate. It appears that music is unique in creating this heart-warming feeling of nostalgia.
Music is a fundamental element in most individuals’ lives. It allows us to feel great happiness and a sense of connection with others, as well as enabling us to recollect previous experiences. Above all, music makes us feel human and that is why it is adored.
Anthropologists = people who scientifically study humans and their customs, beliefs, and relationships
to hold something in high regard = to have great respect for someone/something
lullabies = a quiet, gentle song sung to send a child to sleep
to console = to comfort
in our hour of need = when we need it
national anthem = a patriotic song officially adopted by a country as an expression of national identity
nostalgia = a feeling of longing for the past
This essay contains a lot of high-level vocabulary and lots of words connected with music. Before writing your Task 2 answer, note down as many complex words connected with the topic as possible and then try to include them e.g. sonata (a piece of music for a soloist); aria (often from an opera); soundtrack (from a movie); lullabies (for children); piano concertos (a piece of music composed for the piano, but often accompanied by an orchestra)