Nowadays, what do you hear when you turn on the radio? Kesha? Paramore? The Chainsmokers? No offense to them (I like all three), but that’s not really the best music for us to be listening to. Not from the perspective of their usual song messages or the physical sounds that come with their music.
Now… have you ever heard Beethoven on the radio? Mozart? What about Dvořák? I’ve never heard classical music being played on any of my travels throughout the United States. I’m sure there are some radio stations out there that play it, and I am well aware that this nation still has many fine orchestras, but their fans are few and far between. The entire genre of classical music–at least in the United States, but presumably elsewhere as well–is in the shadows.
So why do we need classical music? Why now? Just take a look around. More people live in cities now than ever before, and it feels like we’re all just bustling about all of the time. More and more people seem to be feeling increasingly stressed. With wars looming abroad and the conclusion of a tumultuous election just-finished here at home, we could all use something to destress.
Classical music is certainly not a solution, but it could definitely help. Studies have shown that listening to classical music has a number of benefits, including:
- enhanced learning capabilities
- easing of sleep ailments
- stress reduction
Listening to classical music offers benefits to physical health that are not present amongst other forms of music.
Another thing to consider is how classical music can bring people together through language. The world is a big place, and it has thousands of extant languages. Music from one culture may be lost in translation by another culture. However, since it has no words, classical music can beautifully share melodies from culture to culture without any language barriers. The language of music, pure classical music, is a language which we could all grow to love just like people did a hundred years ago.