Music is the universal language and is often an essential part when teaching other cultures. Research studies shares why music is a critical component of understanding other people. There are approximately 7,000 spoken languages in the world today. But, there is one language that everybody understands no matter what tongue they speak, and that is music.
While we may not know the lyrics of different songs, we all share the same emotions, when we hear similar chords and melodies. Before we can understand music as a language, we must understand emotions. Numerous studies have shown that there are six emotions everyone can identify with, the facial expression no matter what the culture they come from, even if they have had little contact with the rest of the world.
The six emotions are happiness, anger, fear, sadness, disgust, and surprise. Research shows that these six emotions are universal. Sure sounds are also consistent across cultures like crying and laughter. One of the factors that support music as a universal language are the same components that make up music, like pitch, rhythm, and tempo; these are also present in everyday speech no matter what language you’re speaking.
One of the best examples above would be when you are watching a foreign movie or witness and exchange in a foreign country. Although you may not understand to the letter what the situation is about, you can typically tell how the people are feeling. Music elicits the same physiological response across cultures. Artist and scholars have touted music as the world’s universal language for so long it has become a cliche.
One prevalent reason why it is so universally beloved and evocative across cultures may be because it was our earliest form of communication. Researchers might never be able to prove without a shadow of a doubt, that music came before semantic language. But music has functioned very much like a language throughout history, and it is clear that music communicates in powerful ways that language just can’t.
Music is no neurological accident, or some fuzzy means of communicating it is an essential part of being human and, something that all people share. Language and music have many features in common, and it is not surprising that many of the brains areas process language and music the same. Music does have the power to evoke deep primal feelings at the core of the shared human experience. It also reaches deep into our evolutionary past crossing cultures and in that sense, it is a universal language.
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