Is Music Really a "Universal Language"?

Have you ever heard the classic saying: “music is a universal language”? Many have wondered why and if this was true, and thought there HAD to be another side to such a bold statement. We often connect the word “language” to communication, but I believe in this case it relates more closely to a set of information that a large amount of people understands. Simply put, people generally understand music as it relates to their own sensory processes.

Allow this video featuring Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin convince you.

At the 2:28 mark in this video, Mr. McFerrin comments that “regardless of where I am, anywhere, every audience gets that.” Humans have a universal understanding and appreciation of music, and the way our brains collectively interpret pitches and sound waves is probably much more similar than we may realize.

At Vibe Music Academy, we take this innate ability to make and interpret music very seriously. That’s why we offer our students as many opportunities to make music as possible, rather than studying it from an outsider’s point of view. We do this because the music, the student, and the listener all equally benefit!

See how students are being transformed by music here.

- Tyler Long, Administrative Assistant/Music Instructor at Vibe Music Academy.