|Craigmyle, Jim. Teenage Girl Listening To Music While In The Library. Corbis Images. Corbis, 2002. Web. 11 Jan. 2015. <http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/42-36161478 /teenage-girl-1315-listening-to-music-while>.|
“Reasons to Study with Music.” Chart. Music and Studying Tips. Wordpress, 23 Apr. 2013. Web. 11 Jan. 2015. <http://wrtcstudymusicproject.wordpress.com/>.
The graph indicates that of the people who participated in the survey, the most common reason for using music to study was to be able to focus more. Not only does this picture (figure 1) show the girl is concentrating as a result of the music as shown by her facial expression, but this is also shown comparing the young girl's body language to that of the boy sitting next to her. While the girl is listening to music and is very focused on her work, the boy sitting next to her seems to be daydreaming. This is shown through his body language. He has one hand on his face, is slouching, and his eyes are above his computer; rather than at his computer. Since he is not looking at his computer, it shows he is not focused. This photo makes it clear that in this case, music influences, and encourages the young girl's concentration to complete her homework.
WorldStars Fitness and Training Center. “What Is Drums Alive?” Blogger. Blogger, 10 Sept. 2012. Web. 11 Jan. 2015. <http://worldstarsfitness.blogspot.ca/>.
In addition, music encourages people to incorporate fun into their lives for personal, and mutual benefit. This photo graph (Figure 3) shows an exercise class that incorporates music into their workout. The focuses of this image are the smiles on the ladies' faces, and their unison with each other. Their smiles justify that the ladies are having fun, as a result of the music. Working out to the beat of the music inspires them to be active, shown by the swaying, and encourages them to have fun while they are being active, which is seen as many of the women are smiling. Also, this photograph demonstrates that music encourages the ladies to participate as all the women are doing the same stance; drum sticks up in the air, legs apart, showing unison. The music also serves as a bonding for the women. This is shown as they are all in unison, and are all working towards the same goal; to be active, which reveals a connection between all the women. Ultimately, this photograph demonstrates that music encourages people to participate, and incorporate having fun in their lives for personal and mutual benefit.
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|Manga, and Anime. Music Saves My Soul. 2010. Illustration.|
Furthermore, music encourages people to express themselves. There are many genres of music, for example; pop, rap, classical, etc. Many people listen to different genres of music based on how they are feeling, which often allows them to express themselves. Different genres also allow many people to personally connect with the music. Genres allow people to assign how they are feeling, with a type of music, and use this as an escape to express themselves, and express their creativity. The illustration (Figure 5) depicts a girl who is very passionate about music, and claims, "music saves [her] soul". The focus of this image is the green headphones the character is wearing. Because the headphones are the only colored part of the the illustration, it demonstrates how meaningful music is to the artist as the color makes the headphones, a tool for listening to music, stand out. It also shows the new found hope for her emotional health that music has given to the artist as she describes that "music saves [her] soul". The artist's new healthy attitude is also represented by the shading around the edges of the illustration. The influence on the girl's emotional health, which is represented by the green headphones, is also shown by the white surrounding the girl's face. The edges of the image all have dark shading around them; however, the headphones act as a positive barrier from the girl's past emotional struggles, which are represented by the black corners of the image, which now seem to be deteriorating as a result of the music. Overall, this illustration demonstrates that music encouraged this artist to express herself through art, a very common outlet for personal opinion, and expression.
In conclusion, music plays a bigger role in our everyday lives than we may think. It often drives us to complete tasks; whether they be for ourselves, or for others. It allows us to express ourselves, and the experiences we go through, and helps us to connect with others.