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Composer John Williams employed the relationship between music and emotions to great effect in film scores. In this file photo, Williams poses on the red carpet at the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Invision/AP/Chris Pizzello)

45 years on, the ‘Jaws’ theme manipulates our emotions to inspire terror

The movie 'Jaws' opens with a truly iconic piece of music. Two notes have us on the edge of our seats in anticipation — how does music manipulate our emotions?
Montreal-born pianist Oscar Peterson waves after playing at the Montreal Forum in July 1984. The Coalition for Music Education is inviting schools and communities across Canada to sing “Hymn To Freedom,” written by Peterson and Harriette Hamilton, on Music Monday 2019, a day to celebrate music. (CP/Jean F. Leblanc)

Music also matters in the real world

What kind of students are we raising when music is seen as a "frill?" The decision to drastically cut music education is a misguided policy.
Heavy metal concert fans: there are striking differences in the emotional responses of fans and non-fans of death metal. Parth Joshi/flickr

Death metal is often violent and misogynist yet it brings joy and empowerment to fans

For non-fans, listening to death metal is a negative experience. But research has found the music has the opposite effect on fans, giving rise to positive experiences such as power, joy and peace.

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