“If you look deep enough you will see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music” – Thomas Carlyle
How is making music be good for me?
- Studying and playing music helps people to listen and to develop their personal and social skills
- Music is a direct expression from soul to soul
- You can learn new facilitation, leadership and performance skills
- Music and laughter brings people’s minds and hearts together
- Increases coordination, planning, teamwork.
- Being in nature – more freedom to express and music helps people express the inexpressible
- Music/outdoors as a springboard to enquiry into other subjects, creative learning, pupil-centred aspects.
- People learning about themselves, each other and the environment they are in
- Playing music helps us to be present, in the moment
- Connecting with nature improve memory performance and attention span by 20%
- NO rules creative licence means unlimited potential
- Develops a sense of harmony and rhythm with nature, and thus a caring attitude….
- Learning music together creates mirror neurones and helps us to learn faster
- Learning music fosters creativity
- Studying music sharpens concentration and teaches perseverance
- Playing music with others can make you an expert in reading non-verbal communication
- Learning music and performing help to develop composure in front of people and confidence in speaking
- In over ten years of working as a creative outdoor learning provider I have found that people feel more moved to be adventurous, express themselves and be playful outside.
Why spend time outdoors, consciously interacting with Nature? (again, a non exhaustive list!)
- Time in nature can help us to be smarter, heather and to care for the world that we live in… read on!
- Time in Nature develops empathy for the plants, animals, fungi, soil, water, sun (etc!) we rely on, either directly or indirectly, to be alive
- Our senses and perceptions wake up and expand
- It increases our memory performance and attention spans by 20% (more info here)
- I have noticed people are more expressive outdoors and people are more likely to take exercise
- Nature helps us to get well – hospital patients with a view of nature from their rooms get well quicker and take less drugs (more info)
- It reduces stress, anger, aggression anxiety and depression
- It’s usually free!
Scientifically the whole universe is vibration. Making spontaneous music that is inspired by the place is very connecting. It helps us become present. And that is a gift!
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music” Aldous Huxley
What is Music?
“Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.” Department of Education website
Why connect with Nature through music?
All the world is sound, or vibration. From the smallest particle to the largest galaxy the interaction of the universe is sound, vibration. Rocks can rumble down a hill. A sea vent hiss. The crows have many voices and a bee more than one hum.
Humans have probably seen themselves as part of the harmony of the natural world for 100,000’s of years if any of the survival tribal wisdom is anything to go by. Aboriginal australian tribes will go as far as to say that humans sing the world into existence as they walk along the ancient song lines that criss cross the land connecting places and spaces.
Making music in nature helps us be in harmony with ourselves, each other and the natural world.