Music is something that can inspire people, give them hope, makes them believe in something greater, or lets them escape for a moment. It can be your best friend in time of need and is always there when you need it. The quote, “play the music, pause the memories, stop the pain, rewind the happiness.” This is what music can do for you in simplest terms. Music is a tool that can bind all cultures together. Every culture makes music and it is neat to see how cultures can bond over music.
Music can also be helpful in school. It is a good memorization tool. If you’re trying to learn for example the presidents of the United States you can create a tune and add their names in. It has shown to improve SAT scores as well. One report shows 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music appreciation courses (http://www.nafme.org/20-important-benefits-of-music-in-our-schools/). Music can help improve the area of the brain that is involved in language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better acquainted with music and songs can help inscribe new information in the brain. As you can see already music has more of an impact than we think. I think a lot of people just listen to music and don’t attach any connections or meaning to it when there is a bigger picture.
Playing music can have a big impact as well. It can increase you coordination. While playing you can further develop your fine motor skills just as you would in sports. It can also keep children involved in school. It gives them a sense of achievement and confidence to continue in their education. It can also increase creativity. It can get children to think outside the box and make stronger connections. Music can also have a positive affect with the emotional state. They can develop empathy towards other cultures like I mentioned earlier. It is also a good stress reliever. It is a good way to relax. Discipline is another lesson that music is good for. If you play an instrument it is crucial to set aside time to practice because if you don’t then you won’t progress. One of the most important lessons I think is that it can build imagination. I think as a young child imagination and creativity is crucial. It is one way to measure learning. Introducing music in the early childhood years can help create a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Being artistic and being exposed to it helps develop the brain and help develop imagination.