benefits of music
Get out those headphones.
Today I ran across one more xeroxed handout touting the test-taking benefits of music education, defending music as a great tool for raising test scores and making students smarter.
There have been some amazing quotes about music over the years, but my favourite comes from Victor Hugo. The famous French poet once said: "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."
Music reduces stress and anxiety. According to a 2013 meta-analysis, authors Mona Lisa Chanda and Daniel Levitin concluded
"The 'right' music -- meaning, the right music for you at a particular point in time, because it's subjective and idiosyncratic
Crummy day? Tune in. Music is a powerful tool: Studies have shown a good beat can ease anxiety, lower stress and even boost
I can't help but wonder how many children are denied music education in America, either because it is unavailable, unaffordable or they are determined unworthy. It is both an injustice to our children and a threat to our future.
Whether we using music as a source of joy and inspiration, a medicine for healing deep wounds, a therapy for physical rehabilitation, or a lifeline for surviving trauma and loss, music is undeniably one of mankind's greatest healing modalities.
I find playing music to be one of my strongest personal therapies, not only from the state of being I can achieve while playing, but also from the energetic balancing and mood-enhancing effect on my mind, body and spirit throughout the day.
Your personal playlist can become your personal toolkit for optimizing your mental and emotional state whenever you need it.