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Music to Your Ears

Next time you visit a mall, watch a movie, or play a video game, pay close attention to the music you hear. Are you being manipulated by music?

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What sort of music do you like to listen to? Do certain songs put you in the mood for dancing? Do other songs give you quieter, calmer feelings? Why do you think malls play holiday music in December?

Retailers know that when shoppers are in the right mood, they may spend more money, so they create and choose their soundtracks accordingly. Similarly, people who make movies and video games use music to affect our emotions or expectations. Different types of music can build tension in a scene, make us relaxed and happy, or let us know that something is about to happen.

It's for Scientific Purposes!

Want a great excuse to visit a mall, watch a movie, or design a video game? Explore these Science Buddies Project Ideas to discover how professionals use music:

Making Music Connections

If you enjoy music, you might also be interested in these ideas related to classical music:

Make a Career of It!

Think it would be cool to spend your time playing with sound? Explore the career of a sound engineering technician. Movies, concerts, sporting events, and television are just a few of the places where you could find yourself working with sound.


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