1) Music improves learning. The fact is, many people learned their ABCs through a song. The inherent structure and emotional pull of music makes it an easy tool for teaching concepts, ideas, and information. Music is an effective tool, not only making information easy to learn but also easy to later recall.
2) Music reduces muscle tension and improves body movement and coordination. Through the autonomic nervous system, the auditory nerve connects the inner ear to the frontal lobe of the brain, which, in turn, is connected to every muscle in the body. Therefore, muscular response, strength, flexibility, and tone are all impacted by sound, vibration, and music. For example, music is utilized during yoga sessions to help individuals relax. It is also used in many healthcare settings, such as postoperative recovery units and rehabilitation clinics to help individuals relax and retrain their muscles after accidents, surgery, or illnesses.
3) Music helps improve attention skills. From an early age, music holds our attention. This allows for improved focus on attention and impulse control goals, both essential skills for effective functioning in the modern world.
4) Music serves as a storehouse for our memories. Pictures, thoughts and vivid recollections can all be encoded in the mind when you listen to music. Music helps individuals with memory loss access these memories, and also become more aware of the present, their surroundings, and other people. Depending on the severity of the injury, even individuals who have some form of brain injury might regain partial or full access to memories by listening to music.
5) Music can increase endorphin levels and reduce pain. When music evokes positive emotions, endorphins are released. Endorphins are the body's natural painkillers and they produce a feeling in the body similar to morphine. Endorphins can decrease pain and induce a feeling of euphoria. Music can stimulate the release of endorphins, which can then decrease the need for pain medication, thus providing a much needed distraction from pain, and anxiety relief.
6) Music motivates and inspires us to exercise and be more active. With the addition of music, movements become a pleasure rather than a boring routine.
Music is beneficial to our health emotionally, developmentally, cognitively, and physically; it is an incredibly powerful tool as well as a gift that produces a profound impact on the brain, the body and the spirit.