n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Musiek in diens van menslike kapasiteitsbou

Volume 45, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


Most people regard music as mere entertainment without acknowledging its power to improve the general functioning of a person. The value of music is not only situated in listening to it or attending concerts, shows or festivals. Music's potential to affect people's lives in a positive manner, lies more specifically in active participation in long-term endeavours such as singing in a choir, playing in an orchestra or an ensemble, participating in dance or even taking individual music lessons. In this article international studies that demonstrate the positive influence of music on the development of children and students are mentioned. We follow a critical approach to statements regarding the potential of music to enhance cognitive intelligence. The central argument is that music making helps to develop emotional intelligence by strengthening life skills that empower a person to function effectively in society. This theory is confirmed by a local empirical study that involves two orchestras of the North-West Province, namely the North West Youth Orchestra and the Musikhane Orchestra. Finally we discuss financial support of the arts in South Africa, concluding with the view that participation in music making promotes access to the physical outer world, as well as psychological inner world.

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