American researcher Steven Pinker, who has done a lot of research on music, once said: “music is cheesecake for the ears, it’s like something sweet or delicious”. But of course, music can “taste” differently. For example, Heavy metal is probably rather spicy and sharp for the ears, other types have other tastes and so on.
Everyone can observe this: we respond to cheerful tones and fast rhythms in a similar way as if we were happy: for example, we breathe faster. On the other hand, on slow symphonies, it’s different: the pulse goes down and you feel sad. The music is soothing. Therefore, you play neither at official receptions nor funerals cheerful music.
But why? What’s happening in our heads when a track is played?
There is an interesting explanation for that. The sounds reach the brain via the ears. The brain processes the information both in areas that are responsible for voices and in areas that are responsible for feelings. Therefore, when we hear salsa, we may become happy, and sad when we hear tragic music for example.
Music also can be used to enhance learning and teaching as well! When you watch a TV program or movie, your feelings and emotions—such as excitement, anger, laughter, relaxation, or even boredom—are often triggered or heightened by the music playing behind the action. You are responding to the mood created by the music and the scene. So, what would happen if we added some music to our classrooms/lecture halls or if we attached every single chapter with a soundtrack!