Music has been an age old institution in every culture concerning with rhythm, life, beauty, and mind, body, soul. It has been another art form that connects nature with soul. Those pre-historic men had flutes in their hands in all those carved stories on bones. It has developed real importance in everyone’s life. Let’s discover about how music affects us and promotes health.
Studies have shown how it works on developing our emotional intelligence, cognitive ability via media of music learning and listening.
Music activates motor, auditory, and limbic regions of brain. Motor cortex perceives rhythm, auditory region catches the sound signals and limbic region containing amygdala reacts to emotions accordingly. So music optimizes and energizes different parts of brain at one time. This enhances learning ability and memory.
On learning and memory:
Albert Einstein, one of the smartest men, was a violin player. Thomas Jefferson wrote his Declaration of Independence in the company of music to keep him motivated.
How did music help them?
During learning process, Music activates right part of brain and all the information being taken in activates the left brain part. This optimizes brain activity by engaging both the regions of mind. Learning and playing music helps in developing technical skills and ability to look into details to create perfect harmony among discordant parts. Classical music has been proved to enhance learning skills and memory. According to experiments, whenever the learner was made to hear the same music it brought back memory of all those things that he learnt because of its beat and rhythm linked with learnt material.
According to experimental research done by the centre of new discoveries in learning, learning potential has increased five times by using 60 beats per minute .
How singing it all helps?
Ancient Greeks use to sing their dramas, being effective for memory. Better retention of events and learning material has been observed through this technique of singing and creating rhythm of things to be memorized. It works even for the dumbest of child. It also creates a sense of joy and enthusiasm in a child. And another amazing fact is that it is a long-term impactful memory.
Helps in focusing:
Often when you are doing your mathematics or any kind of work that needs your focus whether art, writing or something else, putting on some music keeps you from getting distracted. Music alerts your mind by an energy boost which helps in improving concentration.
Helps to relax:
Music affects the amplitude and frequency of brain waves. It has soothing and fortifying effects on mind and body during the phase of exhaustion at the end of the day.
Choice of music:
But choice of right kind of music is important. Different kinds of music have different kind of effect on your moods and memory. Like Jazz won’t be a good choice while you are learning something, your brain will have to struggle between processing the information as well as the cascade of auditory signals. For exercise or an energy boost, pop-rock-jazz works and helps us work efficiently. Moderate sound level music was proved to optimize creativity. And mood is either rejuvenated or toned down because of the music being played.
Case of TBI:
According to scientific research on TBI (traumatic brain injuries) inflicted patients had their autobiographical memories revived as an outcome of playing the no 1 hits on their playlists for them.
Thus music has some healthy effects as we look at its brighter perspective. I am not denying the harmful effects but in a positive trifocal manner it hits us physically, emotionally and spiritually.