Why

Music is our universal language.
Music has no borders and creates no borders.
Music creates connections across our cultural and language differences.
Music connects us to our cultural and creative roots.
Music tells stories.
Music excites our imagination and our creative expression.
Music contributes to creating communities.
Music contributes to exciting creative connections
What do I see we can do?

We could create community around our common interest in increasing our understanding and appreciation of the contribution of music. We could create community with other artists in increasing our understanding and appreciation of the contribution of our arts and our creative expression. We could create community around our ability to excite creative community enterprise around our common interests.

Roger Chilton
from My Point of View

Music can be found in every culture, past and present. We have a capacity for musicality which gives us the ability to perceive and make music. Music activates very widespread networks in the brain, much wider than are activated by language, and among the areas activated are reward or pleasure centres.

Music is clearly pleasurable and also has social utility. Music is probably the best non-medical mood regulator there is. Music enhances social bonding when people listen to music together and does this even better when people participate actively in music together. Music gives us the ability to synchronize our movement with music and to synchronize with each other.

One of the consequences of synchronous activity is enhanced cooperation so music makes good sense for people living in groups.

Why does every human culture, past and present, have music?
Dr. Sandra Trehub, CBC Radio, Quirks and Quarks, 2014.06.21
Interview at minute 27.15

Dr. Sandra Trehub, Music Development Lab Director
University of Toronto

I feel a deep connection exists between music and empathy. This can be demonstrated when we look at the impact of people playing music together in close rhythmic timing. Its obvious that this experience has a real and very, very positive emotional impact on people, both those playing and those in the audience. It is this sense of empathy created through music that may create and build communities and may account for what we think of as music’s possible transformative powers.

This basic enhancement of our core humanity found through the feeling of a musical collective empathy may be one significant positive result of musical experience. It is an important element of what we are starting to think of as the power of music that could have many cultural and social implications.

Paul Alexander
Exploring the Power of Music