Classical music and its impact on health | Skating Esquire
By Vladislav Luchianov
Dear readers, we are pleased to present you our new column – Skating Esquire. It will focus on things that are inextricably linked with figure skating: music, acting, interpretation of performances and many more. We will try to find themes which will be interesting to all figure skating community.
One of the main goals of this project is an attempt to describe figure skating as something which is much more than just a sport.
We hope that the articles of this section will be interested to you. Our current issue is devoted to the influence of classical music on human health.
Classical music is often used in figure skating. It’s almost impossible to imagine a skating competition without classical theme in performances. But apart from its beauty, this type of music has beneficial effects on human health. By the way, this is not just the author’s opinion. This fact is proved scientifically.
I have long pondered why the majority of the youth of today attracts only one part of music – modern? Why is undeveloped by its theme, stereotyped, limited by several repetitive choruses (refrains) music is more excite the youth than really beautiful, emotionally rich, brilliantly performed classical music? I don’t want to say that all modern music is bad. There are many really talented singers in rock music, pop and in other spheres. But you also may be agreed with the fact that a huge amount of modern singers are more related with glamorous life style, fashion, popularity but not with the real musical art.
Scientists have conducted many studies on the effect of classical music on mental functions as well as on the health in general. I will tell just about one of these interesting experiments and its results.
There is one of the most common methods for studying brain activity. It’s called electroencephalogram or EEG. Scientists have conducted the following experiment. They took the indicator of EEG in a man with a headache, after his hard working day. According to his interests, the man was indifferent to classical music. During the experiment, the scientists turned on one of the classical compositions. The result of experiment was very interesting. The indicators of encephalograph before listening to music and after that were so different as if it were two different people – sick and healthy.
According to scientists, for the qualitative development of the brain it is necessary that both of its hemispheres work well. Harmoniously developed men can be considered the person in which the two hemispheres of brain work systemically. A violation of the relationship between right and left hemispheres of the brain leads to inhibition of mental activity, a decrease of initiative and ability to think creatively. Music is an effective means of harmonious regulation of two hemispheres of the brain.
Audio information includes such parameters as frequency, amplitude and others. All of which together make up the acoustic stream. This stream is a signal to the brain to increase the systemic work of its hemispheres. If the data of audio stream is stereotyped, then it affects the harmonious work of the hemispheres.
Scientists believe that only a small part of modern music contains characteristics that influence the brain fully. As for the classical music, there is so much variability in its characteristics that practically any music of this kind has beneficial effects on brain function. This means that it influences the human health as a whole.
I don’t want to say that you must listen only classical music. But it would be great if you will include it in your daily playlists. Don’t forget to be selective in your musical choices. You definitely should not listen something only because it’s today’s “trend”, or because your girlfriend/boyfriend likes it, or because your relatives love it.
Also, just look at skaters who perform their programs which based on classical or instrumental compositions. They look more confident, more inspired, more natural. As usual such people are very kind, open-minded and sincere. The real beauty is around them and they bring this beauty to the audience. In my opinion this is very important part of figure skating.