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The Effect of Music on Human Health and Brain Growth

I have been a college professor and journalist. As a freelance content writer, I research music, health, and neuroscience.

What is the impact of music on human life? Read on to learn the many astonishing ways in which music affects the human mind, body, and soul!

What is the impact of music on human life? Read on to learn the many astonishing ways in which music affects the human mind, body, and soul!

The Impact of Music on Human Life

According to the Oxford Dictionary, music means the instrumental or vocal sounds or both combined in such a way to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression.

Music is art, entertainment, pleasure, meditation and medicine for the soul and the body. All cultures and people have universal responses to it.

However, too loud or jarring music distracts and is not beneficial as it competes for attention.

The noise and disharmony cause diseases. The healing effects of music on human beings are being explored. The effect of sound on proteins provides new insight into the health of plants and human beings.

The increased yield and improved vitality of the plant ingredients by music benefit human consumption.

Why Is Music Good for the Brain?

Like few other activities, music involves the use of the whole brain. It improves memory, attention, physical coordination and mental development. Classical music stimulates the regeneration of brain cells.

Certain music improves mood, intelligence, motivation and concentration. It also improves the quality of life and aids in physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs. It helps treat autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, emotional trauma, mental disorders, and depression. Music decreases anxiety, anger, stress, and frustration.

A Lady Playing the Tanpura

A Lady Playing the Tanpura

Historical References for Music's Benefits

Today music is just an audio pleasure, but in earlier times, it was reckoned as a powerful force. The ancient people considered it a form of communication affecting emotions without words and thought.

The great masters of ancient India, China, Greece, and Rome used music and sound to improve human health. Plato, Cicero, and Seneca wanted the state to ban certain harmful music that may affect society's behavior.

The philosophers like Confucius, Pythagoras, Democritus, Aristotle, and Galen believed that music had both positive and negative effects on human health.

The traditional Indian and Chinese medicines mention that certain instruments/sounds benefit specific organs.

Beethoven's Sonata No. 23 in F Minor

The Effect of Music on Heart Surgery

Music has therapeutic properties. The patients who listened to music during and after open heart surgery recovered soon.

The researchers at Tokyo University in Japan performed heart surgery on a group of male mice to study the effects of different types of music on their recovery. The mice were exposed to Verdi's music, Mozart's sonatas and the songs of Irish singer En-ya.

In the first two cases, the mice lived twenty days longer than those without music, with a single frequency tone, or in the third group. The immune system of the control group rejected the foreign tissues.

Schumann's Symphony No. 1 "Spring"

Effects of Music and Sound on Human Health

Music is not just a harmless background noise created by musical instruments. Modern scientific research confirms the opinion of ancient philosophers that music and sound have both harmful and beneficial effects on people, plants and animals.

Music Increases the Productivity of Animals

British farmer Steve Led sham was surprised when his chickens started laying eight eggs weekly instead of the usual four. This increase seemed to coincide with the building of a new barn where Weber's music was being played to entertain the workers. This music relaxed the birds and increased egg production.

The cows produced more milk when they listened to calming music. Researchers at the University of Leicester exposed Frisian cattle to different types of music twelve hours a day for 60 days. The slow music like Beethoven's "Pastoral Symphony" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel increased milk production by about 3%.

The winning music in a contest run by the British Columbia Dairy Association was the lyric-less tunes of "A Moo Down Milk Lane" by Tzu-Deng and Jerry D.

Music Affects the Cortisol Levels

The adrenal glands secrete cortisol and adrenaline stress hormones in response to Adrenocorticotropic hormone or ACTH. The ACTH, composed of 39 amino acids, is the primary stimulation for the production of adrenal cortisol. It is synthesized by the pituitary in the hypothalamus in the brain in response to the corticotropin-releasing hormone.

High-intensity exercises plus energizing music of fast tempo increase the cortisol levels, while slow, quiet, calm and classical music does the opposite. People are likely to respond to music they like rather than to specific frequencies without knowing which music increases or decreases their cortisol levels.

The blood cortisol levels of those with imminent surgery get reduced by 50% with the calming music, jointly chosen by the patient and music therapist.

The music aids untrained runners in producing higher levels of cortisol. The tunes of brass bands before and during the games whip the passions of players and spectators. Prolonged exposure to fast music like rock or heavy metal may induce addictive cortisol levels like coffee.

Music even relaxes newborns, and it can be played during routine work. It relaxes tense muscles and gives energy during exercise, bathing, meditation, and yoga.

Music Boosts the Immune System

An emotional response of the secretion of immune-boosting hormones is induced by certain music. Music decreases the stress-related hormone cortisol, the increased levels of which weaken the immune system. Hence the chances of illness get reduced.

Rock Music Harmed Dendrite Patterns

The ability of mice to navigate a food maze was tested by continuously playing the music at low volumes to eliminate behavioral changes.

Those subjected to either silence or Strauss waltzes had no problem in the maze with a little advantage for the latter. Those exposed to voodoo drumming performed worse and finally became cannibalistic, hyperactive, aggressive, and even too confused to complete the maze.

Highly abnormal neuronal growth patterns with excessive dendrite branches growing out in all directions (and making few connections with other neurons) were found in the hippocampus region of the brains of these mice. This region acts in learning and memory formation.

Due to an increase in dendrite branching, the messenger RNA involved in memory formation too increased. It meant that the brain tried to analyze the sound stimulus but failed.

What Is a Dendrite?

The word "dendrite" comes from the Greek word dendron, meaning "tree." These branched projections of neurons propagate the electrochemical stimulation received from other neural cells to the cell body, or from the soma of the neuron, from which the dendrites project.

Different inputs like lifestyle, stress, and environment affect and continuously reshape the branching pattern of dendrites.

Proper growth and branching of dendrites are crucial for the functioning of the nervous system as these are the connections to other nerve cells.

The defects in dendrite growth cause severe neuro-developmental disorders like mental retardation, etc.

Zen Relaxation Music

The Optimum Frequency for Relaxation

The French otologist Alfred Tomatis confirmed that the benefits of Baroque and classical compositions, as found by Retallack for plants, are also applicable to humans.

Stringed instruments, like the violin, viola, and cello, promote EEG or brainwave patterns associated with relaxing muscle tension and calmness.

The frequency range from 5000 to 8000 Hz promoted alpha-band brainwaves the fastest.

Baroque Music Increases Language Learning

Bulgarian psychologist George Lozanov found that background Baroque instrumental music of Handel and J.S. Bach greatly increased learning and memory retention during foreign language acquisition.

Health Effects of Indian and Chinese Classical Music

According to the Indian Ayurveda and Chinese systems of traditional medicines, music supplements treatments and gives emotional and mental strength during illnesses. Health and illness are referred to as harmony and disharmony, respectively.

Certain musical compositions have been found to be beneficial for specific illnesses and disharmony. But the effects of specific music are different for different people. The music may alleviate the depression or illness, or it may be ineffective due to the a general dislike of music, personality or health differences, the context of listening, etc.

The Chinese system assigns the characteristics like rate, width, strength, rhythm, regularity, elasticity, profile, etc., to the pulse. These qualities are closely related to the mind and emotions and cause changes in the physical, digestive, and nervous systems. Music has been found to affect the pulse.

Ayurveda mentions the effects of different sounds on the different chakras (physical levels) as follows.

  1. The higher frequencies affect the head region.
  2. The lower frequencies affect the base of the spine and lower abdomen.
  3. The intermediate frequencies affect the chest and neck.

This could be verified personally by listening to a drum with low frequency and a violin which, out of all instruments, has the highest frequency above 5000 Hz.

Most people find distinct physical sensations, especially at the top of their heads, when listening to higher violin notes. The deep bass notes are felt in the lower half or over the whole body.

Every instrument can affect one or all emotions. The great composers achieve different effects by sound variations in musical content, key signatures, tempo, rhythm, loudness, melody, technique, etc.

Five Traditional Elements

Traditional elementsEmotionsOrgansCorresponding sounds, and musical instruments

Fire

Joy/mania/laughter

Heart/Small Intestine,

Stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, etc.).

Earth

Worry/melancholy

Spleen/Stomach

Song, human voice

Water

Fear/terror/groaning

Kidneys/Urinary Bladder

Percussion and percussive activated instruments (drums, piano)

Metal (Air)

Grief/sadness/weeping

Lungs/Large Intestine

Brass instruments (trumpet, French horn)

Wood

Anger/irritability/shouting

Liver/Gall Bladder

Woodwinds (clarinet, oboe, flute)

What Is Gandharave Veda?

Ancient Indian literature is known as Vedic literature. It encompasses all realms of life, both temporal or secular and sacred or religious. Most of the sacred literature in India considers Vedas as the source from which they have drawn inspiration from. The four Vedas are:

  1. Rigveda
  2. Yajurveda
  3. Atharvaveda
  4. Samveda

There are four secondary texts or Upavedas related to the Vedas, respectively:

  1. Ayurveda (It is the text on living, healing, and herbal medicines)
  2. Dhanurveda (It is the text on statecraft, martial art, and war)
  3. SthapatyaVeda (It is the text on architecture, sculpture, and art)
  4. Gandharva Veda (It is the text on all art forms, including music, dance, and poetry)

Gandharva Veda refers to Gandharvas as singers in the court of Gods with superb musical skills. In the absence of written accounts, the oral tradition has preserved the Vedas and the ancient music in its completeness.

The ancient sages discovered the intrinsic spirit of the frequencies of nature within their consciousness and reflected it through music. These sounds match nature's basic rhythms and melodies and create balance and harmony in the environment and human health.

This ancient classical music is used in Ayurveda, where the components of rags or melodies and layas or rhythms are used to rectify the imbalances or doshas. Certain melodies or Ragas could induce the plant to blossom.

In meditation, it helps to transcend to the innermost consciousness.

It finds an association of different sounds with different species and different natural phenomena. It says that every environment is composed of sound vibrations which resonate with other sounds.

Traditional Indian Raga

Gandharva Veda Music and Brain

It increases total brain functioning—scientific studies also prove the influence of this music on the areas of consciousness, behavior, and physiology. Integrating brain functions produces a state of relaxation and promotes the experience of bliss.

It decreases tension, irritability, and lethargy. The increased mental activity leads to an experience of more refined states of awareness.

Melody for Compassion (Play Between 7am and 10am)

Benefits of Gandharva Veda

Ayurveda treats symptomology and considers every aspect of the person—body, mind, and soul. It has different methods to restore the body by balancing all five senses. The massage works through the sense of touch:

  • Food, spices, and herbs restore the sense of taste;
  • Aroma oils influence the sense of smell;
  • Watching natural beauties satisfy the sense of sight, and
  • Gandharva Veda music harmonizes the physiology by the sense of hearing.

This music can change pulse rate, blood circulation, blood pressure, metabolism, and respiration. So it is being used as a treatment to alleviate and decrease the need for pain medication and anesthesia.

It promotes balance, inner peace, and better health and neutralizes stress when played at home or the workplace. It creates harmony within discordant things, whether animate or inanimate.

The benefits do not depend upon personal taste or musical background. It is for all lands, all times, and all people.

It goes beyond physical relaxation and attunes the mind and body to the cycles of nature. It uses the sounds of nature to promote happiness and peace when played for a certain duration. The particular quality or Rasa of each Raga or melody has different characteristics like courage, self-confidence, wisdom, and happiness.

How to Listen to Gandharva Veda Music

There are certain rules for using music to heal the body and soul. The different Ragas are played at their appropriate time based on three-hour periods called Praharas, which correspond to the changing frequencies of nature throughout the day.

A particular melody at night brings harmony between body, nature, and soul, while it produces negative effects at other times. These melodies at performed at a proper time of the day featuring various instruments such as the sitar, flute, etc.

Listen to the music in a relaxed sitting position or lying down with closed eyes. The ragas are ideal for relaxation in the evening to induce sleep or to take a break from work. One can listen to it anywhere to get relaxed and recharged.

Even in the absence of a listener, you can play the music for 24 hours a day at home or workplace to generate peace in the entire atmosphere.

Melody for Greater Energy (Play Between 10am and 1pm for 1 hour)

Proofs of the Effects of Gandharva Veda Music

Vedic music affects consciousness, behavior, physiology, and the environment. The following studies scientifically prove its authenticity in influencing the physical and mental health of the individual.

  1. Researchers in the US analyzed the electric potential energy of the brain during the listening of Vedic music and found that the frequencies between the range of 4-8 increased.
  2. Another study in the US also confirmed that the music balanced physiology decreased tension and irritability, caused less lethargy, and increased brain activity.
  3. In the early 1950s, an Indian Botanist Dr. T. C. N. Singh, proved the effects of sounds on the metabolism of plant cells. He found that the plant protoplasm moved faster under sound effects. He proved that Gandharva Veda music affects plants' growth, flowering, fruiting, and seed yields. The Charukesi Raga increased the crop yield from 25% to 60%; and increased the chromosome count of certain species of water plants.
  4. The Sound and Music of Plants (De Vorss and Company, 1973) documented the research that the monotonous rock music played for several hours destroyed the plants. Western classical music had mixed effects, while the plants flourished with Gandharva Veda music.
  5. The Secret Life of Plants (Harper and Row, 1989) also documented the research that the plants close to the source of the sound of Gandharva Veda music virtually embraced the loudspeaker while they moved away from the source of hard-rock music.

Raga Charukeshi increased the paddy yield by 25% to 60%

The Heart Dances With Music

The American Society of Hypertension has confirmed that 30 minutes of listening to classical, Celtic, or raga music daily significantly reduces high blood pressure.

Relaxes Heart and Breathing

Researchers in England monitored the breathing, heartbeats, and blood pressure of people after listening to six types of music, like rap, pop, classical, etc., with random two-minute pauses. The lively music increased heart and breathing rates, which slowed down with slow music and became normal during the pauses. Personal preferences of music did not matter. Not the style, but the tempo and pace, caused the greatest effect on relaxation.

Promotes Post-Stroke Recovery

A daily dose of some favorite music, like pop, classical, jazz, etc., may speed up recovery from strokes. Melodic intonation therapy of speaking musically promotes recovery from aphasia in prolonged stroke patients.

Mozart's Music Reduces Total Seizure Activity in Epileptic Patients

Music and Brain

Playing and listening to music has positive effects on the brain. It makes one happier and more productive at all stages of life and could delay the brain's aging.

Listening to music after a stroke promotes behavioral recovery and induces fine-grained neuro-anatomical changes in brain recovery.

Music activates several brain regions, including auditory, motor, limb, and emotions. The emotional and cognitive benefits of music are due to these activations.

A Headache and Migraine

Music can help migraine and chronic headache sufferers reduce the intensity, frequency, and duration of the headaches.

Cognition, Intelligence, Learning, and IQ

Music makes one more intelligent, and the listening or playing of an instrument improves learning. Classical music, including Mozart, increases performance on reasoning tests. But the new findings prove that any personally enjoyable music has similar effects.

Concentration and Attention

Listening to relaxing classical music improves the duration and intensity of concentration in all age groups and ability levels. The choice of music may vary from person to person.

Enhances Higher Brain Functions

Music is beneficial for children with attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder and benefits in mathematics tests. It increases emotional intelligence and helps to recall autobiographical or episodic information. It alleviates depression, anxiety, and agitation by improving brain functions.

Boosts Dopamine and Oxytocin

The music causes measurable changes in certain neurotransmitters and stimulates the formation of brain chemicals. It increases the neurotransmitter dopamine, a motivation molecule of pleasure produced when eating chocolate, having an orgasm, etc.

The formation of the brain hormone oxytocin gets stimulated by playing group music and enjoying live musical concerts. This trust or moral hormone helps in trusting and forming bonds with others. It makes people more generous and trustworthy.

Alzheimer's Disease

The patients in advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease lose their ability to have interactive conversations and ultimately stop speaking altogether. The familiar music of youthful days reawakens and lights them up. They even start singing, and musical memories seem to outweigh other memories.

Music Improves Memory

The simultaneous action of the left and right brain maximizes learning and retention of information. The information being studied activates the left brain, while the music activates the right brain.

Mozart's music and baroque music with a 60 beats per minute beat pattern activate both sides of the brain in unison.

Playing an instrument or singing helps the brain process more information. The memory or information learned through particular songs could be recalled by mentally playing those songs.

Music training is more beneficial than listening. Children learning music have a better memory than others. The music devoid of the vocal element is more helpful as the words divert the attention.

Researchers have found that listening to music for 2-3 hours a day improved verbal memory and attention. The musical keyboard training increased the math reasoning ability of infants. Classical music improved visual attention and aided children suffering from delayed development by increasing the synchronization of hands and eyes.

Does Music Change a Child's Brain?

List of Music for Brain

The free music streaming service Spotify is a great place to listen to music for better mood, learning, or concentration. It has a decent collection of songs for the brain.

The Zen12 Meditation in mood genre has several sub-genres like happy, psyched, melancholic, etc. There are playlists for acoustic concentration, noise, Zen focus, deep focus, intense studying, and natural concentration.

The music of Handel, Haydn, and Mozart are also beneficial.

Zen12 Guided Meditation for Mental Clarity

Other Health Benefits of Music

The several other benefits of music are as follows.

Postpartum Health

Music decreases post-natal nervousness and pain, reduces the chances of depression during the postpartum period, and increases childbirth satisfaction.

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a ringing sound when no external sound is present. But music prevents tinnitus from becoming a chronic condition when used in the early stages.

Music Improves Physical and Athletic Performance

The stimulating music helps to move, walk and dance. It increases athletic performance and helps in the performance of exercises by reducing the feeling of fatigue and psychologically increasing the response of arousal and relaxation.

The rhythms of music move the body and restore physical functions. It reduces muscle tension and improves body coordination. It can also help during the disability of movement.

Fatigue Fighter

The cheerful music gives extra energy and could reduce fatigue. But too much pop and hard rock leave one more frazzled than energized. Change the music to classical, pop, jazz, etc., to find the most beneficial one.

Improves Efficiency

Several people listen to music while working as it helps to perform better and increase productivity. The journal of Neuroscience of Behavior and Physiology confirms that the ability to recognize visual images, including letters and numbers, becomes faster with rock or classical music.

Insomnia

Soft classical music or Bach calms the thoughts and relaxes the muscles and senses to induce sleep. Listening to music for half an hour provides sound sleep as it reduces blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, and the activity of the sympathetic nervous system.

Depression and Blues

The high beats of music reduce the negative emotions and distract the attention from stress. It improves the mood, heals the soul, and lifts the spirits due to psychotherapeutic benefits. The cheerful tones of Mozart, Vivaldi, bluegrass, Klezmer, Salsa, reggae, etc., are beneficial in blues. According to the British Journal of Advanced Nursing, music reduces depression by 25%.

Anti-anxiety

Music is best for preoperative anxiety and the anxiety related to dental procedures. It reduces post-surgical stress and pain and decreased the symptoms of depression in elderly people.

Mood

The favorite and upbeat music boosts the mood and increases the work efficiency by giving happiness. The workers work fast and come up with novel ideas than those having no control over the choice of music. It makes us more optimistic, joyful, friendly and relaxed.

Pain Relief

The music can reduce the sensation and distress of chronic and postoperative pain. According to the British Journal of Advanced Nursing, the music reduces the pain of osteoarthritis, disc problems and rheumatoid arthritis by 21% and supplements the use of anesthesia during surgery.

The music affects the pain by creating a revulsive effect or gives a sense of control or induces the body to release endorphin which neutralizes pain or by decelerating the breathing and heartbeat.

Music for Heart and Kidney

Stringed instruments intensely affect the heart. The sound quality of the kidneys is that of groaning, and cellos groan to induce ecstasy. The sound of the violin stimulates the head region. Together they create a shivering effect extending from the base of the spine to the top of the head.

This physical sensation in which the kidneys and heart communicate could be felt by listening to the music of Schubert's Quintet. The percussive-like sounds affect the kidneys in lower frequencies. The shivers going up the spine reduce the sense of internal conflict and relieve the burden. Sensations over the legs and lower torso also appear. The overall effect is energizing, awakening, and sharpening of the senses.

Play the recording at a comfortable and realistic volume to avoid the distortion effects of the audio system. Turn off the room lights and lie down on a comfortable surface while listening.

In groups, it is advisable that everyone close their eyes to avoid looking at others to see their reactions.

String Quintet in C major (D 956) by Franz Schubert

Technical Problems in Sound Reproduction

Music fails to give desired results because of the poor quality of playback systems. Degradation in audio signal and vibrancy occurs in the form of harmonic distortion and frequency variation. High-frequency sounds found crucial to stimulating plants and people are lost in several playback systems.

The sensation of listening to string instruments can vanish due to the poor reproduction of high frequencies.

A new distortion called jitters appears due to minor errors in the digital clock's timings that drive the component of digital-to-analog conversion in a CD player. When jitters exceed 200 picoseconds, it becomes audible as a weird, persistent, whistling, or crackling sound. The jitters are unacceptable in music therapy.

Distortion in Indian Music

Indian music has been influenced by a tonal system quite different from its own original one. This foreign or Western tonal system influenced Indian music and musicians through Western instruments like the harmonium. These influences are strongly distorting and polluted traditional Indian music.

Future Research

Modern researchers confirm the beliefs of ancient physicians and philosophers that music has physiological and psychological effects.

But more clinical research into music's qualities, nature, and effects on different people is needed. The quality of sound reproduction equipment or digitally generated jitters needs further exploration. Besides classical or rock, other musical compositions should also be tested.

Chinese and Indian systems could help in classifying the types of music beneficial for health.

Sources and Further Reading

Harvey, Alan R. (2020). "Links Between the Neurobiology of Oxytocin and Human Musicality." Hum. Neurosci., https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2020.00350.

Padam, Anita. (2017). "Effect of listening to Vedic chants and Indian classical instrumental music on patients undergoing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy: A randomized control trial." Indian J Psychiatry, Apr-Jun; 59(2): 214–218. doi: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_314_16.

Quon, Robert J., et al. (2021). "Musical components important for the Mozart K448 effect in epilepsy." Sci Rep, 11, 16490. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-95922-7.

Singh, T.C.N., & Gnanam A. (1965). "Studies on the effect of sound waves of Nadeshwaram [a traditional Gandharva Veda wind instrument] the growth and yield of paddy." Annamalai University, 1965; 16:78–99.

Yamasakil, A., et al.(2012). "The impact of music on metabolism." Nutrition, 28 (11-12):1075-80. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2012.01.020.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2017 Sanjay Sharma

Comments

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on July 12, 2020:

Thanks, Dr.J.A.Shrawankar for the visit and te comment. I am working on the effect of Music on the growth and repair of cells.

Remain in touch.

Dr.J.A.Shrawankar on July 07, 2020:

Dear Mr. Sanjay Sharma,

Your article is a very good review for Music lovers in general. I being the Electronics Engg. graduate , I wish to work further on this in engineering perspective. Can you please suggest some recent research material/ literature to start with?

With Regards.

namun on March 07, 2020:

hey can u send me all resources, please?

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on March 04, 2020:

Thanks, Aarthi Alaguvel for the visit and the comment. I am glad that you found the article helpful.

Aarthi alaguvel on March 03, 2020:

I love music. This was a nice article and it's very useful for my assignment.

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on November 14, 2019:

Thanks, Anam Hameed for the compliment.

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on September 13, 2019:

Thanks, DavidoDave for the visit and the comment. You are right. The effect of music is different on different people. It also depends on the choice and the interest of a particular person for particular tones.

DavidoDave on September 12, 2019:

Thanks, for the information. One thing to clarify to all who may not know, or have caught on, and that is MUSIC is just an audible frequency within our range of hearing. I'm moved daily by the frequencies of sound I listen to... I do love nature; however, I find my resonant frequencies with Progressive House and Progressive Psy. With that said, I cannot explain why other than I love the audibles, but, I truly FEEL all the frequencies as they send chills and 'pleasure' through my body... it isn't often only one song, or group, it happens daily with new music in my categories. Harmonics are truly engaging, and when you have entities like the 'church' banning Tritone, and others, it truly makes one think about whose interests they serve. Anyway, frequencies MOVE me, and I love it. Living in a theory in which all my beliefs are malleable--with my consent.

Thanks, for continued research. Also, I find when I intone certain frequencies, like those while putting your tongue to the top of your mouth, and Aum, or other, deeper for me, resonates my frontal lobe area, and perhaps my Pineal gland, to the point where I feel dizzy.

Take care,

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on September 12, 2019:

Thanks, Michelle for the visit and the comment.

Michelle on September 06, 2019:

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Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on May 30, 2019:

Thanks, Harrison for the visit and the comment. I have mentioned all the things in the article. It was my mistake that I did not keep the record of the notes and books with their references, which I read, like those on Zen Music, Gandharva Veda music, Mozart's music, etc.

These things appeared when I was writing my article on HubPages, "The Effect of Music on Plant growth and pests". Then I thought of writing the present article.

harryson on May 29, 2019:

provide the citation because i am using it for academic purpose

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on March 11, 2019:

Thanks, Bart for the visit and the comment.

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on March 08, 2019:

Thanks, Wyatt James for the visit and the comment. You are absolutely right. The music relaxes the mind and even its effect could be felt on the entire body.

In Indian religious practices, the word OM is pronounced longer in a single breath as Oooo---mmmm. Regular practice of this pronunciation puts the body and the mind in a peculiar clam. The rhythm created by it has a deeper effect. The sound of this word is supposed to be the first sound in the Universe.

Wyatt James on March 08, 2019:

i tend to think music has its affects due to it putting us in a different mindset then we were before. When im at work i have the same 5 hour shift, halfway through i start to play music to switch the thought process halfway through work and keep me fresh

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on March 02, 2019:

Thanks Simon Rehor for the visit. This article was posred in 2017.

Simon Rehor on February 27, 2019:

WHEN DID YOU POST THIS ARTICLE.

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on November 27, 2018:

Thanks, Chitrangada Sharan Chitrangada Sharan for the visit and the compliment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 26, 2018:

What a wonderful and comprehensive article about music!

I completely agree with you about the positive effects, music has upon our health. It’s indeed therapeutic.

I enjoyed going through your article. Thanks for sharing this.

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on November 21, 2018:

Thanks, Khniz for the visit and the comment.

khniz on November 20, 2018:

I really enjoyed reading this article. One thing I want to no is, is there a bibliography?

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on November 01, 2018:

Thanks, Garrett Anderson for the visit and the comment. You can select the music from a wide range of choices.

Garrett Anderson on November 01, 2018:

I love this article! Seeing all the different types of music helped me choose which one I like listening to while I study. Thank you so much!

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on October 24, 2018:

Thanks, Zacarias Ferreira for the visit and the comment.

Zacarias Ferreira on October 22, 2018:

Hello Sanjay! I've been reading for article, really good!

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on October 17, 2018:

Thanks, Marco Castillo for the visit and the comment.

Marco Castillo from Canada on October 16, 2018:

Great article thank you for posting. Music is such a power toll to human development.

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on August 13, 2018:

Thanks, Bart for the visit and the comment.

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on June 29, 2018:

Thanks, Janis Leslie Evans or the visit and the comment. Music indeed has a calming and soothing effect.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on June 27, 2018:

Very comprehensive and informative article, Sanjay. I love listening to music for comfort and to slow me down while driving when I'm running late for an appointment. My favorite is classical. Fascinating research on the effect music can have on animals. I stopped in the middle of reading this article to listen to the Chinese music for qigong. I actually got up from my chair and did 6:30 minutes of qigong. It was very calming. Thank you for this article, I will have to come back to it again to learn more about using Gandharva Veda music.

Sanjay Sharma (author) from Mandi (HP) India on December 13, 2017:

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