Music is incredible in its ability to be able to have so many sounds, emotions, instruments, beats, genres, and people who listen to the millions of different types every day. Music is global for a reason. It reaches every part of us, because music is a form of expression. Music is one of the many things that makes us human. It's true that you cannot have a conversation using music, music is not technically not an actual language, but you connect with people on such a high level that sometimes words cannot even take you to that place of connection.
Music is not just a language, it heals the Atma, our soul essence. After reincarnations, the body can be too different compared to other lives. Music changes your soul form and balances your consciousness.
I'm waiting for the day that science will explain all the mysteries and the human nation will become intergalactic and heal people instantly.
Then we will see our true nature.
You can't travel around the world and be able to communicate with everyone through your native language. Sometimes even gestures can't get the point across, but in means of communication, what does EVERY culture have in common? Music! It is the one thing that isn't solely reliant upon a thesis, but emotion and how we were born to think. Ever heard a song in a different language? Gangham Style? Time to Say Goodbye? Did you honestly have no idea what the theme was? Of course not! Music can move a person to laugh, to cry, to get up and dance. This is why music IS the universal language.
If we think about music as Charles Ives, then anyone has the capacity to create music. Before we learn to count, we can sing a melody as child. Music comes more naturally to people than counting. Although it's often argued that math is a the true universal language, I don't think this is the case. Before we could count, humans were signing, dancing or doing something musical to honor the gods.
Music touches all the places that were named above simultaneously. And I along with many others believe that at the end of the day we are all very much similar when it comes to the human heart, mind, body and soul. You can go to another country, not understand a word of their language, but let the music from that county start to ring out, and instantaneously your mind picks up the beat, you feel it inside of you, and before you know it your swaying tapping your feet or something.
If I play the guitar, I feel good. It helps me in all of life. And I'm grateful that I can play music. I feel lonely because I get angry with someone and I don't know what shall I do, the only thing I can do is play a guitar.
It is a universal language because it inspires common human feelings and bridges gaps between cultures that spoken languages cannot. It brings together and creates universal community. Its a universal language that transcends boundaries and bond people even thousands of miles apart together. Music is a universal language because there are certain types of music that speak to certain people.
While music may not technically be "a language," it is universal. It can express and communicate emotions (as shown in scientific studies) across many different cultures. The crucial aim of a language is to communicate, but I don't believe the point of this debate is about the semantics. It is said that music predates humans, and that animals use music as a form of communication too--whales for instance. There is something universal about music; I think we just don't fully understand it yet.
Music is universal because it can be understood and interpreted by individuals. Although music cannot always be evaluated through a specific framework or set of objective criteria, such as Western music theory conventions, people across many different cultures can identify and react to similar patterns and expressions in music.
Like agriculture, music and other fine arts developed in multiple locations throughout the world as a result of independent invention. Although we may not use the technically correct words to describe music in the eyes of academia, most humans can understand the concepts of pitch, timbre, tone, beat, tempo, rhythm, style, and other common elements to music. Music can be considered a universal language simply because we feel the urge to bob our heads, head bang, dance, or move to the beat of the music. We can identify a specific instrument or timbre, repeat back melodies to each other (although possibly out of tune), or even identify melodies and/or harmonies that "sound good together". This is because, believe it or not, we all develop these skills over the courses of our lives whether we intend to or not simply through listening and imitation. Those of us who are "musicians" only intend to develop these types of skills better than other people through more intense study and practice.
Some parts of music are so universal that they developed in different parts of the world independent of each other. A prime example of this is the pentatonic scale. Consisting of five notes rather than the seven note patterns of the diatonic scales (major, minor, etc.), these scales have reciprocated in music throughout history. We know them mostly from popular music because the melodies derived from them tend to be catch and fit many harmonies quite well. They are so common in popular music that we already know what they are; we just can't exactly define them. I have personally heard them in African tribal music, Native American tribal music, popular music (duh), Blues, Jazz, older Chinese music, and in countless other settings. The fact that these scales could become used so much in many places suggests that there is continuity between the devices used to express music.
Part of this can be explained by the overtone series. Sound waves are regular and repeated, but they do not only produce one specific frequency. Instead, they exhibit a certain "fundamental" frequency (the lowest, strongest one) and a series of "partials" or "overtones". In a brief explanation, when someone plays two notes together, they sound more consonant, or pleasing, when they correspond to some of the lower parts of the overtone series. This is not a rule for specific types of music, but more of a concept modeled and quantified by science that may be applied to many styles of music.
This is only a sample of the many arguments one could make suggesting that music acts similar to a universal language. Unfortunately, I ran out of space to tell the rest of the story.
Music just brings everyone together, no matter what race, culture, religion etc. There are no barriers because the music does the talking for us. Its something that everyone can relate to-in regards to the different genres of music. Music can bring about peace, create friendships and do wonderful things for people. Therefore music is a universal language.
NO, seriously. If a korean pop song ( this example, because i do not understand the language) sings about something you don't understand, then you will need images such as music videos, to understand the meaning. Do you seriously like to listen to music you don't understand?
Would you listen to songs about god if you were atheist..?
Music can be in different languages and made by different cultures so some people might not be able to understand the feeling and the purpose. Also this centuries music doesn't always have a big or deep meaning. Most of it is partying, getting drunk and not much about deep topics.
Music is just sound and is completely subjected to ones own personal experiences. If a kid grew up listening to jack hammers and was told it was music that would be something he liked to listen to. Now if this same kid played a track of jackhammers to you, you wouldn't think of it as music. There is no possible way that the same music piece will be interpreted the same way by different people....Just the same and 2 different languages so it is not a universal language
Just because all cultures have music doesnt mean it's all the same. Just because every culture has a language doesn't mean they all speak the same language. Now this doesn't mean music isn't a language. It in fact is a research shows us that it is processed in the brain just like language is, but it surly isnt the lingua franca for the entire globe. How does a western listener know how to listen to the microtonality and modality of middle eastern music? How can a classical musician play dance tunes in the right style? They simply cannot without proper training. This is why it isn't universal. Too much diversity leads to different "languages."
Calling music a universal language is more of a figure of speech than a factual statement. Imagine two people who speak no languages whatsoever. They won't be able to communicate with each other simply by listening to music. Music may make them both react in the same way, but they won't be communicating in the same way that learning and speaking a language enables them to do.
That's just something that people to say to make themselves sound magical. I can't understand Gangnam style with the exception of 'ehhhhhhh sexy lady'. I can't speak music to someone. There are no verbs, adverbs, nouns or adjectives in music. I despise the hippies who say 'yes' to this question.
It begs the question, "what is language?". Most of the people who answered "yes" don't deal with this or, in spite of acknowledging that it isn't a language in a strict sense still (emotionally) do so. Universality doesn't mean language. Everyone agrees that honey is sweet. Does that make honey a language?
And even the apparent universality is not total. While all music is recognizable as such (the jackhammer example is wrong) different cultures can have widely varying responses to the same listening experience.
What is true and quite wonderful is that it has the capacity to unite people and evoke good feelings, as Antonio Abreu said.
You can not communicate with music. Music is a universal trait not a universal language. Every culture known to man since the beginning of time has had a form of music or sound. That does not mean someone from Mexico can give me directions by shaking a maraca. Not a language but a trait
I do not want to get into a debate whether or not the language a song is written to makes a song universal or not. I want to focus entirely on the music, the NOTES themselves. Think "classical" music, for example, most of which are entirely wordless. I often listen to a radio that plays classical music, and they often describe before or after that what setting the music was written to - like theater plays, dramas, operas, etc. The feeling they transmit might be understood by the one's watching the play at the moment. To me, as the radiolistener, however, some tracks don't make sense for the described settings, at all.
Some tonations or melodies might have a certain connotation to them, like violins can make you grasp the feeling of deep, desperate longing, as well as tell stories of fidelity, festivities and dancing people, depending on the way they're played. Music can tell stories - but the story we perceive is entirely subjective, depending on our upbringing, experiences, memories associated with certain notes/strings of notes or our current moods. Listening to a piece of music, ripped out of its original "habitat" - which is for example, the theatrical play it was written for - can make the listener imagine an entirely different set of events or invoke different emotions in different people. Music can not evoke the same memory or deliver the same story that the "author" thought of when composing the tune to who ever listens - in fact, some pieces of music can only be understood or appreciated by people schooled in the subject, while to other it makes no sense at all.
Music can not deliver the same message or imperative when repeated to different people.
"Dance to your hearts delight" is something you might be able to translate in a piece of music by the way the score is written or the way it is played.
"Go and fetch me the newspaper", however, might be translateable into music, but not everyone you would play the notes for such an imperative to would understand the message immediately, not even schooled people.
Even emotional queues might not be caught the same way. Music CAN invoke emotions in people, connotations to memories they had or fire up their fantasies. But they will be different in each one of us. Thus i dont believe it is a universal kind of language.
Who do we know that listens to music? Pretty much everyone on EARTH. Therefore not universal. Also, just as easily as regular language, it can be misunderstood. Take the Harlem Shake for example, did you know the first few words that it says translates into "with the terrorists", unless you speak Spanish, you probably did not, and this leads to Americans all over, dancing to a song about terrorists.
Also, do i need to bring up some pop songs that you are taking as language? How about "You a Stupid Hoe" by Nicki Minaj, possibly the world`s worst musical artist. You want to take that song as language? Just think about that.