Listen, Listen and Feel Good.

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When I was a kid, when I wasn't even going to school yet, there was such a mess at home in the evenings. As far as I can remember, I want to pass it on to you.

My mother was trying to record the soundtracks of her favorite TV shows and movies with a cassette player in her hand, beside the TV, and in order to do that she had to silence us all, what is it? You know, TV series like "Our Mission is Danger", "Little House", "Dallas", "Blue Moon", "Slave Isaura" (they were translated into Turkish in this way) were watched. While people didn't know much about foreign TV series and movies, my mother tried to take sound recordings in noise, since she couldn't find the soundtracks of movies and TV series in those years. I still listen to those soundtracks today with our voices in the background and a hum. My mother and father were a music, art and cinema lover couple, but my mother is a textile designer and my father is a tradesman. My father also played baglama, sang folk songs, and composed compositions, but there was a Tina Turner poster on the wall of our house, which my father admired (I love too).

It didn't end there, on the other hand, letters would rain down on my mother's house. He used to write letters to actors, artists, all the way to America that he admired. You wouldn't believe it, signed postcards would come from them. Back then, you could learn English through letters. My mother also tried to learn languages ​​through “Phono”. She danced, did sports, did yoga…

Now I look at it, my worldview, my interests, my talents, my choice of friends, the movies I love, the languages ​​I know, my cultural and cognitive development, all but all of my family's legacy.

Mom, dad, thank you, I'll get back to this topic.

The development process that begins in the womb of the human being before he is born is a process that shapes the human being that we will all be in the future. Just as the way we treat the world today will affect it years later, for better or worse. It will be a cliché, but the world is our mirror, and the children are their parents.

And education, in its broadest sense, is a part of the acculturation process in society. The personality structure of a person is determined by the culture in which he was born and raised. Every society transfers the characteristics of its own culture to new generations. The conscious and unconscious learning that a person encounters during his integration with his own society as a child, youth and adult, gaining effectiveness in the society and growing up takes place by transferring cultural characteristics to new generations. Transferring cultural characteristics to new generations can also be called enculturation. Enculturation also includes conscious or unconscious widespread, spontaneous and individual learning in the family, on the street and almost everywhere. The purposeful part of enculturation is education. Again, in general, education is the process of changing behavior in the individual, and in a broad sense, it is all social processes that are effective in the individual's gaining social standards, beliefs and life paths, and develop skills, attitudes and behavior patterns.

As mentioned above, music, which is a tool that contributes greatly to the acculturation process, is an indispensable part of all cultures, even a fabric that dresses societies, and we, as tailors, have been sewing wonderful clothes for thousands of years. We try to express our feelings, thoughts, fears, dreams, wishes and even ourselves through music.

In this column reserved for me, in my first article with you, I would like to mention the place and importance of art, which is an important part of the acculturation and education process, and music, one of its most important branches, in human life. Every child born into the world is a potential hope for the future, a scientist, an artist, a doctor, a software developer, and a successful candidate in many fields. They are the people who will seek answers to the unanswered questions of the future. Beyond his career and academic success, science has been more interested in people's happiness and well-being since the 1980s, because, as it is believed, only a high IQ (intelligence quotient) is not always enough for success today.

We read in researches that people have graduated from very good universities and wrote success stories, but some of them have problems such as not being able to express themselves, not being able to adapt to society or not being happy. One of the biggest problems of this is that people's emotional intelligence is not trained enough. emerged when they were found to be unsuccessful. In fact, according to Goleman, 80 percent of success comes from emotional intelligence.

Here, I would like to continue with an excerpt from Murat Yüksel's research titled “The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Performance”.

In the article titled “Warning by a Valedictorian Who Faced Prison” dated June 23, 1992 in the New York Times, the 3rd grade student of a high school in Coral Springs, Florida, who graduated with the highest grade point average, was imprisoned by stabbing his teacher. It was stated that H. Jonson, one of the 80th grade students, brought a meat knife to the school because his physics teacher gave him an 80, and neutralized the physics teacher by stabbing him in the collarbone in the physics laboratory. This young man, who aimed for the medical faculty of Harvard University because of his outstanding achievements in his courses, was found in a mentally unstable and lost state, as a sworn statement given by a committee of four psychologists and psychiatrists, thinking that his physics teacher put his dreams in danger when he gave him an XNUMX in the exam. It was concluded that he had committed the crime.”

It has been shown in many studies that the person in this example has high academic intelligence but cannot control his emotions.

There are numerous studies in the field on the importance of increasing emotional intelligence. Balance is very important for a brain that is happy, able to express itself, lives in harmony, is beneficial to the universe, and knows how to spend its life in the most efficient way with its intelligence. In particular, the brain development of children aged 0-3 shows a rapid growth in this period. For this reason, music makes a great contribution to people's lives in every aspect, even if we are not aware of it, because research shows that music increases emotional intelligence, especially in the pre-school period.

So when and how do we meet music? We meet with our mother's heart rhythm when we are in the womb, with lullabies when we are born later, with our parents or the person who raised us talking to us, the sounds we hear from our environment or the sounds we hear from nature. When we start school, it is included in our education process as a lesson. Some of us work with a private teacher at a special time to learn music. Our ears, which we cannot close almost everywhere throughout our life, even during sleep at night, hear the music willingly or unwillingly, transmit it to our brains and process it into our memories.

The issue that I want to mention and care about here is that the music or one of the music genres that people will hear and listen to with pleasure during the development process is classical music. To be able to choose it voluntarily, to diversify his repertoire, to be able to recognize music in all its aspects with continuity and desire. The classical music I am talking about here is that it activates completely different nerve cells in our brains when we are babies. Including classical music among our favorite music genres will greatly contribute to the above-mentioned emotional intelligence.

Lucille M. Foran; “Listening to music helps children regulate their emotions and enhance their learning in the classroom,” she says. In the research conducted by Dr. Jehan Mattar from Jordan University named “The Effect of Mozart's Music on Child Development in a Jordanian Kindergarten”, the effects of Mozart music on the development of Kindergarten students are explained.

In the research, selected works of Mozart were played regularly as a backdrop for children's academic arts and sports lessons. It has been observed that children who regularly listen to Mozart show better progress in their lessons than those who do not.

Again, Prof. Dr. Erol Belgin states that music sends aesthetic stimuli to the brain, the sounds going to the brain provide extraordinary mobility, and the secretion of endorphins and some other hormones, a natural chemical of our brain, expands the vessels, lowers blood pressure, and this gives the body comfort, good feelings, vitality and excitement. It also highlights the fact that a baby who grows up listening to classical music has an IQ 5 points higher than others. While listening to music, babies move and accelerate their muscle development. It has been determined that specially selected classical music played to babies periodically enables them to grow up faster, relieves stress faster with positive emotions, and has a positive effect on their rhythm, musical memory and language development.

Again, you can find many scientific studies on the importance of regularly listening to music and playing an instrument in terms of the development of children's emotional intelligence.

Due to its geographical location, our country connects two continents and this situation feeds our country culturally at a high level. In this case, expanding our music repertoire with both music from our own culture and examples from western music, listening to music regularly with a good sound system will be very useful for people to control their emotions, feel good, and be aware of the beauties and aesthetics of life.

When children start their musical education at a young age, trying to play melodies that many of them are unfamiliar with will be a barrier to their development in playing instruments. Listening to a lot of classical music or the music of various cultures will build a step that will enable them to overcome that wall.

Playing a piece of music just by looking at the notes is like saying "I love you" without looking at a person's face. While performing a piece of music, the smallest information about the period, even the smallest information about the composer, will give meaning to the music they are trying to play or sing. This is an achievement that can be developed by listening. For this reason, I attach great importance to listening to classical music and I am happy to remind you of this information in this first article.

Of course, the subject is not that simple, what I want to write here is like fitting the stars in the sky to the ceiling of my house. However, I wish you well in the hope that even these small reminders will be useful.

Stay with music and love..

References:

Demirel, Ozcan and Kaya, Zeki, Introduction to Educational Science, Basic Concepts of Education. Ankara: Pegem Academy, 2012.

Yuksel, Murat. Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Performance. Ataturk University Institute of Social Sciences. YLT.

Yaner, Alkaya Yeşim. The Effects of Music on Children and the Elderly. Pamukkale University Faculty of Education Journal, Issue 29 (January 2011/I), pp. 119-124

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