Music does so much for each of us on a day-to-day basis. It doesn't matter if you're musically talented or not, it still has positive effects on all of our lives. Where would we be without the magic of music? I'd hate to think of a world where music didn't exist. Not only would it be boring as hell, but I'm certain we wouldn't be emotionally developed to the lengths we are now, and therefore not be as smart and creative as we are.
Music of all kinds hit different people in different ways, and some much more than others. There are benefits of music that many don't consider when trying to come up with the reasons why music is so critical in our lives. Here are 5 places where the art of music makes a huge impact.
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The musical arts curriculum has been getting slowly squeezed out of schools districts across the globe. You've probably seen many valid arguments for why this is completely ridiculous. Learning artistic and creative expression is a key part of molding young minds into becoming the great minds of the future. Stifling creativity in our youth is going to lead to fewer problem solvers and critical thinkers in the coming years. Why would anyone really want that?
People say that the government is defunding arts programs simply because they want to mold the upcoming generations into young minds that can be easily controlled. I'm not sure the real plan is that nefarious, but whether it is or isn't, it's a huge mistake.
Writing, performing, or listening to music has been scientifically proven to increase one's endorphins, which are the chemicals in your brain that give you that feeling of happiness and enjoyment. Enjoying music in groups increases this effect even more. Who doesn't need a pick-me-up every now and then? Music is a very safe go-to for enhancing your mood so long as you aren't busting your eardrums out with the volume too loud.
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Similar to mood enhancement, music has been proven to get rid of feelings of stress and anxiety. Some call it a depressant, or a way to ease your stress and help you to relax in a similar way that alcohol can, but without the health risks.
On top of helping you ease the mind of your worries, music can take things a step further and become a sleep aid as well. Studies show that music around 60 BPM (beats per minute) or slower is proven to be an effective way to help your body hit its internal snooze button.
Music therapy covers a broad range of therapeutic approaches to clients in need of cognitive, academic, emotional/psychological, behavioral, social, and physiological training. It's still in a relatively new phase with new findings popping up every week, but the proof that it works well is already there.
Some common music therapy practices include developmental work with individuals with special needs, orientation work with the elderly, processing and relaxation techniques, and rhythmic entrainment for physical rehabilitation in stroke victims.
Music is a vital part of almost all cultures, with millions of songs that bring enrichment and strengthen the bonds of people in a community setting. There are so many types of communities out there, with examples including religious, political, and locational communities that all incorporate music into their gatherings.
Think of all the communities that you are currently a part of. What type of music comes to mind? Do you find that it helps you feel more connected to that community when you hear it or sing along with it? Why is music so powerful? Music brings us together socially in a way that no other art form can.
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