Music serves many different purposes. Some music directly affects the individual, while others may afffect the social life. On an individual basis, music can provide an outlet for emotional expression (you can show who you really are), enable mood change (maybe you're feeling down), provide relaxation (maybe you've had a stressful day), provide stimulation and be a source of comfort (need to be uplifted). Music can also be used as an arometherapy. Music can be entertaining and provide enjoyment. Music can provide intellectual challenges through listening, analysis, critique, composition and performance and, for those who are actively involved in music making, it provides the additional challenge of technical mastery.
Psychological / physiological functioning- music influences psychological/physiological arousal in the expected direction, such as; exciting music leads to increased arousal and calming music the reverse. With most of us, at some time or another, have found ourselves tapping or moving our feet to music or having the urge to get up and dance to music that we find particularly stimulating. Music helps to relax and shows muscular tension can be reduced by listening to quiet, sedative music. Mood, arousal and emotion - generally, music which is slow and quiet tends to encourage relaxation and reduce anxiety while stimulating music tends to increase our arousal levels.The characteristics of music that induce different moods seem to relate to three main dimensions, pleasure-displeasure, arousal-non-arousal and dominance-submissiveness. Music can also play an important role in helping us overcome powerful emotions. Behaviour - music can affect our behaviour without our conscious awareness. Music is a component in creating trance-like states. Many people listen to music while driving and value the privacy this offers. Generally, music appears to improve concentration, particularly when it is moderately complex and played at a moderate volume. Music which is too stimulating distracts.Intellectual stimulation - In addition to the effects of music on our physiology, movement, mood and behaviour; music is a source of intellectual stimulation. Listening to music, identifying its structures and forms, analysing it, learning about its history and nature across different cultures, learning to play an instrument or sing, composing, improvising and performing, all offer intellectual stimulation and challenge.
Listed below are the different types of music (no lyrics). When you click on any music selection, it should automatically have selected "Open with Default Application" (which will be Windows Media Player). After listening to your selection, just click the "x" at the top right hand corner to close, or click the 'x' on the windows media box that appears on your screen. Hope you enjoy!