7 Amazing Benefits of Music Therapy
Music has a profound effect on your body and mind. Music therapy is a growing field of health care used to heal people. Unfortunately, many people don’t even realize how effective and useful the power of music therapy is. In fact, music therapy is often used to ward off depression and to calm and ease muscle tension. Music therapy can bring an innumerable list of other benefits. Read on to discover seven amazing benefits of music therapy.
1. There are significant therapeutic effects
It’s no surprise that music therapy is growing popularity. Many hospitals are using music therapy for pain management and other uses. Moreover, music from a great number of cultures has different therapeutic effects, but many people prefer to listen to music of their own culture, because they find it more effective in healing and relaxing. Furthermore, music for meditations can easily calm you down. Set aside time each day to meditate to soothing music, such as classical music, soft rock, relaxing sounds of wind chimes and other soft tones.
2. Music evokes neurological stimulation
Every person perceives various music genres in a different way. If to compare classical and heavy metal music, we can point out that classical music makes you feel relaxed and comfortable while hard rock music usually quickens your heart beat. Eventually, the quickened heart beat response will begin to produce a vague message of anxiety to your brain. Music can shift your energy from angry to happy with help of different genres. Try to listen to the music, which makes your mood wonderful.
3. Music can boost your mood
It’s not surprising that music is linked to your mood. Everyone knows that listening to music while feeling down or bad can provide a relief. What may not be known to most people is that music can also bring a more positive state of mind, helping to keep depression and anxiety away. Music also helps people overcome life difficulties. Many scientists have found that people can boost their mood simply by listening to upbeat music. Music has the power to make you smile, dance and sometimes it can bring you to tears, especially if you are a sensitive and sentimental personality.
4. Influences brainwaves
According to a medical research, music produces sound vibrations which can stimulate your brainwaves. Much depends on the speed of the beat that can either make you more alert and hyper or relax and calm down. Meditative states help you feel positive waves and vibrations in your brain.
5. Heals conditions
Music helps heal different emotional and physical conditions. It has been proven to be effective, because people have definite, measurable responses to certain sounds and tones. Healing music has been shown to induce states of increased well-being and relaxation. Music therapies can relief dementia, insomnia and autism. Those who suffer from depression should listen more to their favorite music. Practitioners believe that music makes both body and mind more perceptive to recovery.
6. It uncovers emotions
Nowadays therapists try to heal people with a help of music and guided imagery. They believe it can help to get into the subconscious mind, find and eliminate the root cause for anxiety and depression. Music can be the key to the solution of your health problems. Plus, you can uncover hidden emotions of yours.
7. Music is the way of self-expression
People cannot live without self-expression. Someone likes to listen to the music, while others adore creating and playing tunes and songs. My friend is a pro at playing the violin. She is good at writing her own music. It seems she is absolutely plunged in this creative process and gets satisfaction while playing the violin. I think music is the best way to express your individuality. Your own music can have a magical healing effect on you and others as well.
Music is one of the most beautiful things created by a human being. I cannot even imagine this world without it. I hope humanity will learn soon how to use it wisely. Have you ever used music in healing purposes? Do you support music therapy as a way of healing people?
Wonderful l Music(奇妙的音乐)
I have to say that music really has a strong attractiveness to me. Naturally, everyone can choose suitable music to listen to. However, when you find a kind of music which can bring happiness to you, you will be surprised and become excited. Music has a magical energy, and it can help people gain good mood in a great extent.
When you feel sad, you can have a try to listen to soothing music. At first, soothing music will let you calm down. You will find that you will play much attention to the music, and then your sadness can be decreased. You will enter music ocean. You can experience a baptism of your heart. It does not matter that when you listen to soothing music and you want to cry, you should just follow yourself feeling to have a thorough release. Music will give you enough encourage to overcome difficulties.
Music also can double your happiness and arouse the fighting. For instance, when you solve some very difficult situations and gain success eventually, you will have a great mood. At this time, exciting music will witness your success. You will feel satisfied. Music lets you remember the glorious moment and cherish your success. Music can give you unlimited motivation to achieve goals，because you still want to listen to glorious music.
In addition, music includes a lot of useful knowledge. People can learn precious knowledge from music. Because there is different music, we can find out that different nations have different music thoughts to express. And from music, we can listen to music culture. Music culture will give you a deeper understanding to learn foreign culture, such as foreign language, foreign history and foreign traditional customs and so on. In a word, music has an important effect on promoting society development.
Music indeed has a magical power to help people and society develop. I believe that music will still continue to bring us many surprises. As the development of society, great music will become more important.
10 Reasons Why People Who Learn Music Are More Likely To Be Successful
I have always been a proponent for music education, and thus am happy to see that more and more people are learning an instrument these days.
I myself became a drummer at around the age of 11, and have played ever since. I am no savant, but I can play just about anything (except perhaps the closing solo in the movie Whiplash).
As a result, I have always maintained that learning how to play an instrument is beneficial. I did not have any proof, I just had first hand experiences that proved that to be the case. Nowadays however, there is a mountain of evidence suggesting that music education is not only good for you, but nearly essential if you want to be successful in life.
What is it about musicians that gives them an edge over others? Read on.
1. They Are More Creative
Recent research has shown that many successful politicians, businessmen, and more were trained at a young age to be a musician of some kind. Whether it be of a piano, clarinet, or saxophone, it didn’t really matter.
What does matter is that these people credit their music education with making them more creative. Indeed, as Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft) once stated, music allows you to “look beyond what currently exists and express yourself in a new way” (NYT).
As a drummer, I can attest to that. So much of music is about creating something different, and breaking mental barriers. All of which necessarily bleeds into other aspects of your life.
2. Their Brains Develop Differently
As many studies have shown, playing an instrument tends to have a multitude of beneficial effects on the brain, many of which are especially visible in children.
Indeed, those who start from an early age (around 9 to 11) have “significantly more grey matter volume” within their heads (Parenting Science). While this doesn’t necessarily mean that musicians are smarter, it does demonstrate that their brains are making unique and interesting connections and associations that those who do not play instruments might lack.
3. They Connect With Others Better
Music is often thought of as a way to connect different cultures, ideas, and perspectives. Even when you are unfamiliar with a location, you can always use your ability to play music to get to know those around you, and establish connections that may have been impossible to create otherwise.
This can be a crucial skill to have in any number of professions, especially those that require you to immerse yourself in a location that you are unfamiliar with.
4. They Are Better At Math
I am not sure this one applies to me, but it has long been known that there is some kind of connection between math and music.
This likely has to do with the fact that both deal with analyzing puzzles and finding patterns in order to find solutions. If you can get a sense of the ebb and flow of music and musical language, mathematical concepts should begin to make more sense. Being better at math is beneficial for a number of reasons, if only because so many new jobs in this day and age rely on that skill.
5. They Have A Better Sense Of Rhythm
As a drummer, I know how to keep time in a song and play to the beat. In life, I use those same skills to maintain some order in my schedule.
Additionally, when you are a musician, it is easier to get into the groove of things and accomplish repetitive tasks at a consistent rate. (It also helps with stuff like dancing!)
Thus, learning how to maintain a steady pace not only makes for a good musician, but a more productive and effective worker as well.
6. They Are Obsessive
Any musician, whether they be a novice or an expert, has to be just a little obsessive to cultivate their craft. Roger McNamee, an early investor in Facebook, stated that “musicians and top professionals share ‘the almost desperate need to dive deep’” (NYT).
To become proficient at playing music requires a lot of time and dedication. If you are willing to put effort into that, you will likely tackle other things with that same gusto.
7. They Are More Likely To Have A Higher IQ
This is especially true if they started playing music at a young age, like say around 6 years old. Indeed, one study found that kids who took up an instrument around this age showed a greater increase in their IQ compared to those who did not (Science Net Links).
Suffice it to say, having more intelligence to work with than your peers is often crucial in gaining the upper hand.
8. They Process Speech More Efficiently
Becoming successful requires that you be a good listener, and musicians are groomed to acquire that skill early on in their development.
Indeed, research has shown that learning how to play music has a beneficial effect on the areas of your brain that process sounds — an effect that lasts even into old age (Washington Post).
Listening is an important skill to have, as the ability to make sense of speech and complicated strings of words and sentences is crucial to success.
9. They Are Conditioned To Work Hard For Results
While it isn’t always true that those who work hardest in life are the most successful, such is usually the case in regard to musicians.
Indeed, one expert stated that an amazing thing about learning music is that “if you work hard enough, it does get better” (NYT).
Music thus conditions you to believe that working harder gets results, and while that may not always be true in everything, it does lead to you pushing yourself harder in order to see measurable improvements in all aspects of your life.
10. They Have More Self-Control
While you might think of musicians as loose cannons (certain rock stars come to mind), those cases aren’t typical.
Indeed, learning how to play an instrument and read music is an immensely difficult task when you first start out, and requires a lot of mental focus. And, once you are skilled at playing music, it takes both talent and self-control to keep rhythm, to maintain a beat, and to otherwise stay on the musical rails, so to speak.
Translate that ability to remain dedicated and focused on the task at hand to the real world, and it is easy to see why so many musicians end up being successful in other fields.
Do you play an instrument? Has it effected your life in a beneficial way? Comment below!