Music & Animals!
If you have animals of any kind you probably know how they react to music.
Music is a gift from God that is universal in many ways including how it affects animals. Just as we do animals have a variety of reacts and sometimes show preferences to musical style and loudness! The videos and articles below help us understand music and animals a little better.
The Story of The Elephant's Pianist
Video from NewsOps
"This is proof that music really can soothe wild animals. Special thanks to Paul Barton." from video introduction
7 Scientific Studies About How Animals React to Music
"Music is pretty universally enjoyed ... when it comes to people. Animals, on the other hand, have diverse reactions to tunes. For every Ronan the head-bopping sea lion, there are plenty of creatures that can't keep the beat. Here are seven scientific discoveries about how some animals react to music, either created by humans or themselves..." from the article: 7 Scientific Studies About How Animals React to Music
Zoomusicology is the study of the music, sound and communication as produced and perceived by animals.
Horses Listening to Cello Music
Video from Eschbach Horsemanship AG
"Our horses did like the beautiful music in our arena." from video introduction
Do Animals Enjoy Music?
"..How do we know if animals enjoy music? In some scenarios, researchers can simply ask animals like chimpanzees which of the several musical options they prefer. But even species unable to directly communicate with us can display music preferences by, say, working harder to overcome obstacles and access certain sounds.
“For us, music has a special place in our hearts. We really revere it in many ways. It’s healing. It’s bonding. It’s emotional,” Kriengwatana says, adding that we expect non-human animals to feel the same way.
But it’s far more nuanced than that: Our appreciation, she says, comes from a very personal combination of both biology and culture. And if researchers don’t take these biases into consideration, then music research itself will also be tainted with bias.
“The field really needs to work together with people from the humanities and people who study music to understand what biases we have and what music is to us,” Kriengwatana says. “From there, we can ask much more interesting questions.” from the article: The Ways Animals React to Music May Surprise You