Classical Music

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Classical music is important for many reasons. However before the benefits of classical music can be brought to light, it is important to clarify what "classical music" really is. There are many misconceptions on what classical music is. The name "classical music" is applied to the Viennese Classical expression, which flourished in the late 18th century, and early 19th do to the brilliance of three main composers. Hayden, Mozart, and Beethoven were the three brilliant minds that are credited for the classical music period. Some musical characteristics of classical music are: the use of energetic and orchestral color in a thematic way, the use of rhythm, including periodic structure and harmonic rhythm, to give definition to large-scale forms, along with the use of modulation to build longer spans of tension and release (most of the music is cast in sonata form or closely related forms), and the witty, typically Austrian mixture of comic and serious strains.

The importance of classical music can be seen in many different things. For example it has been proven to help the mind, it is also yet another way of expression, and it can also be used as therapy.

One of the most intriguing benefits of classical music is how it helps stimulate the brain. In many child development studies, research has shown very positive effects on the child's brain by just listening to classical music. The research has demonstrated that auditory stimulation (listening to classical music) at an early age can increase the rate of development of synaptic connections in a young mind. By increasing the synaptic connection, intelligence is also increased. "Music, particularly classical music, stimulates the frontal and prefrontal portions of the brain that perform analytical functions." Stated Professor Gordon Shaw from the University of California-Irvine.

Many doctors for therapeutic reasons...