Type of Submission

Podium Presentation

Keywords

Athletics, Olympics, music, Ancient Greek athletics, modes, music psychology, sports psychology

Abstract

Music is so deeply ingrained in nearly every part of our culture, it sometimes passes by unnoticed. However, if one were to remove music from its typical appearance, the resulting silence can be deafening. For example, in a film, such as Star Wars, if the main theme did not exist, the anticipation of the film and the overall reaction to the plot would be far less appealing. If clothing stores did not play spunky electronic music, would consumer’s shopping habits be altered? A strongly universal and historic aspect of culture that a lack of music would dramatically is the world of athletics. How is it that music and athletics became so passionately entangled throughout history? Emotions and psychological responses to music and athletics have always affected society, but only fairly recently have psychologists published extensive research on the topic. Because of these modern studies on music and sports psychology, we can better understand the correlation between these two aspects of culture throughout history. Ancient Greece holds the secret in the development of both the written music and organized athletics as we know them today. In the history of Greece, combined with wisdom from Plato, a fascinating correlation between early music and athletic competition can be found. The result of this study is not only fascinating, but could be very important in the lives of athletes and their coaches. This information will assist athletes in choosing warm-up and program music that will guide their bodies physically and mentally to athletic perfection.

Campus Venue

Stevens Student Center, Room 246

Location

Cedarville, OH

Start Date

4-20-2016 2:40 PM

End Date

4-20-2016 3:00 PM

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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Apr 20th, 2:40 PM Apr 20th, 3:00 PM

Music and Athletics: An Inseparable Bond

Cedarville, OH

Music is so deeply ingrained in nearly every part of our culture, it sometimes passes by unnoticed. However, if one were to remove music from its typical appearance, the resulting silence can be deafening. For example, in a film, such as Star Wars, if the main theme did not exist, the anticipation of the film and the overall reaction to the plot would be far less appealing. If clothing stores did not play spunky electronic music, would consumer’s shopping habits be altered? A strongly universal and historic aspect of culture that a lack of music would dramatically is the world of athletics. How is it that music and athletics became so passionately entangled throughout history? Emotions and psychological responses to music and athletics have always affected society, but only fairly recently have psychologists published extensive research on the topic. Because of these modern studies on music and sports psychology, we can better understand the correlation between these two aspects of culture throughout history. Ancient Greece holds the secret in the development of both the written music and organized athletics as we know them today. In the history of Greece, combined with wisdom from Plato, a fascinating correlation between early music and athletic competition can be found. The result of this study is not only fascinating, but could be very important in the lives of athletes and their coaches. This information will assist athletes in choosing warm-up and program music that will guide their bodies physically and mentally to athletic perfection.

 

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