International Council for Education, Research and Training


Oyeniyi, Gabriel Ademola 

Dean, Faculty of Church Music, Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso



Music has the unrivalled ability to elicit emotions and change human experiences. This study explores the complex interaction between music composition, attendance behaviour, and mood during musical events. Music’s significant effect on human emotions has been the focus of much study and intrigue. Music composers use the emotional power of music to elicit profound reactions from their audiences. In the context of soundtracks, this study explores the complex link between music creators and listeners’ emotions. This study investigates the methods, plans, and underlying psychological processes that composers use to affect the emotional states of their audience by carefully examining previous research and studies on music, emotion, and soundtracks. The study’s methodology is based on an extensive literature assessment, empirical investigations, and theoretical frameworks exploring the mutual relationship between music and emotion. It examines how different musical components, including instrumentation, rhythm, melody, and harmony, can influence listeners’ emotions over time. Furthermore, the study explores how the musical element interacts with contextual factors in cinematic narratives and visual cues to enhance emotional engagement. The study’s findings demonstrate how emotions and music interact with soundtracks. Composers utilize various strategies to alter and shape the listener’s emotions to fit music to the intended emotional arc of the lyrics, pitch, storyline, and melodies. This study synthesizes the plethora of data and ideas from studies on music, emotion, and soundtrack to further the understanding of the complicated relationship between music and emotion. It also highlights the artistic and mental prowess of composers who employ music as a powerful instrument to evoke intense emotional reactions in their listeners. By shedding further light on the impact composers have on the emotional landscape of music and the cinematic experience, this study contributes to the ongoing discussion regarding the art and science of music composition and how it impacts audience emotion.


Keywords: Emotional Soundtrack, Emotion, Influence, Music, Composer, Audience.


Impact Statement

The study looks into the complex relationship that exists between soundtrack music and emotions. It demonstrates how composers employ various strategies to affect listeners’ feelings by coordinating the piece with the desired emotional progression of the words, melody, pitch, and plot. The study synthesizes research on soundtracks, music, and emotion to improve our understanding of the nuanced interaction between the two. It highlights the creative and intellectual prowess of composers who successfully use music to arouse strong emotional reactions. The study adds to the current conversation on music composition’s aesthetic and scientific aspects, especially as it relates to how music during a movie shapes the audience’s emotions.


About Author

Dr Gabriel Ademola Oyeniyi, an ordained Baptist minister hails from Ogbomoso in Oyo State Nigeria. He is a graduate of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Degree and the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary (NBTS), Ogbomoso, Nigeria where he bagged the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) and Master of Arts in Youth Ministry (MAYM) in collaboration with Youth Ministry International (YMI), USA.  He teaches at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary in the Faculty of Church Music where he specializes in Music Composition. He once served as the Director of Student Affairs of the Seminary and is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Church Music of NBTS. He has written several scholarly articles in journals and books and currently developed an interest in writing Kindle books. He is happily married to Ruth and they have a son, Joshua together with several other spiritual children. His interests are in music, children, youth, and worship issues.



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